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Workshop features joys of local food

Anne Arundel Medical Center's Department of Community Health and Wellness will show how food touches our lives, our relationships and our earth in a workshop called "Eat the Rainbow."

Rita Calvert, a food writer, stylist and educator for nearly three decades, will host the seminar from 9 a.m. to noon June 16. She will also demonstrate the pleasures of eating with a luncheon feast.

The workshop will show how to incorporate locally grown foods into menus as a way of supporting our neighbors and better understanding where food comes from. It also will introduce food as art, explaining the importance of visually appealing meals and of using locally grown produce.

Participants will experience a multimedia presentation with photographs of area farms and a luncheon feast, including salad made with locally grown greens and strawberries, honey from local hives, cheese from an Easton creamery and shortcake made with locally grown wheat.

The cost is $45. The workshop will be held at AAMC's Sajak Pavilion. The registration deadline is Friday.

Information: 443-481-4000.

Strength training geared to women

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering a lifestyle program for women that blends healthy nutrition and exercise.

Geared toward women age 50 and over, StrongWomen is a program to help women feel stronger, healthier, and more vital, even if they are new to strength training. AAMC is the only hospital in the state to offer this program.

Benefits include: preventing bone loss, enhancing mood, increasing strength and coordination, and increasing metabolism.

Information: 443-481-4000.

Medical Center honors employees

Baltimore Washington Medical Center recently named respiratory therapist Lorenza Reid its Ambassador of the Year and Jackie Dominick, nurse practitioner with the advanced orthopedics program, as its Associate of the Year for 2007.

The Ambassador of the Year award recognizes the medical center associate who most exemplifies the spirit of voluntarism in the community. Reid began his career at BWMC in 1988. He left to serve in the Army in 1992, but returned in 1996 and has been there ever since.

Reid dedicates much of his free time to helping people quit smoking. He teaches three seven-week smoking cessation classes at the medical center each year. He has worked with area churches to implement smoking-cessation programs. He also visits elementary schools to discuss the dangers of smoking.

The Associate of the Year award recognizes employees who provide exemplary patient care and customer service.

Dominick began her career at BWMC in April 1978 and was instrumental in developing the Joint Replacement Center, as well as the spine and pain centers - both parts of the medical center's advanced orthopedics program.

Dominick meets with the orthopedic patients before any procedure, visits them during their hospital recovery and makes sure that those who need physical therapy stick with it.

Cavaiola recognized for voluntarism

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging has awarded Maureen Cavaiola, one of three founding members of Partners In Care, its MetLife Foundation Older Volunteers Enrich America Award.

The awards program celebrates outstanding older volunteers and their contributions to their communities. Cavaiola was chosen to receive one of 28 awards in the nation for her 14 years of volunteer leadership and management with the Severna Park-based nonprofit.

Partners In Care helps older adults in Anne Arundel County remain independent in their homes, using the model of service-exchange/time-banking. The program links frail elderly and disabled adults with neighbors who volunteer their time to help with rides to appointments and errands and to do small handyman repairs. Cavaiola directs the Upscale Resale boutique, a major source of support for Partners In Care.

The recipients, nominated by programs nationwide, will be honored during a ceremony on Friday in Washington. Partners In Care will receive a monetary award to further its work.

Vaccination work gets state award

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health recently received a 2007 Maryland Health Care Workers Immunization Excellence Award.

The Maryland Partnership for Prevention, a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase immunization rates, sponsors the award that recognizes outstanding work in encouraging adult immunizations.

The department received the honor for implementing a department-wide employee flu vaccine policy during the 2006-2007 flu season. Almost 80 percent of the employees who had direct contact with clients and patients were vaccinated against influenza.

BWMC offers exercise and more

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities this month :

Monday, 6:30 p.m., Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group meets in the first-floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. Prostate cancer recovery and prevention will be discussed. 410-553-8129.

June 13, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screening at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

June 13, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Caregivers Support Group meets, first-floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. 410-553-8129.

June 14, 6:30 p.m., Journeys, a support group for cancer survivors looking to meet other survivors. 410-553-8129.

June 20, 4 p.m., Joint School, a free educational session covering preparation, recovery and benefits of hip- or knee-replacement surgery. Reservations. 410-663-8282.

June 20, 5:30 p. m. to 7 p.m., The diabetes support group Joslin Circle meets to discuss current information on diabetes management, Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

June 20, 6 p.m., University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness offers a free seminar on weight loss. Registration. 410-328-8940.

June 27, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screenings, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367.

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