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BW Medical Center joins in Day of Dance

The Baltimore Washington Medical Center will join other health providers around the country in the fifth annual national Spirit of Women Day of Dance for Health, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Severna Park.

The event will celebrate the benefits of dance and exercise in preventing heart disease and help raise awareness of cardiovascular health. Country line dancing, belly dancing, hip-hop, zumba, salsa and yoga demonstrations will be offered by local dance studios.

Those who attend will have a chance to try each style of dance.

Health screenings for cholesterol, bone density, body mass index and blood pressure will also be offered, and educational displays are planned. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, and reservations are not required.

The Day of Dance event will be held during Heart Health Awareness Month. Those who attend are encouraged to wear red shoes as a badge of their commitment to encourage women to keep their hearts healthy.

Information or to request a free calendar of programs at Baltimore Washington Medical Center: 410-787-4367.

Spanish-language line

To serve Spanish speakers better, a Spanish-speaking operator will answer calls to the Aprenda a Vivir Spanish Language Line of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Information about community health services and free Spanish-language materials will be available 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at 410-222-4479. Callers can leave messages at other times.

Available information includes a Healthy Eating Kit, with tips on nutrition and Hispanic recipes; and a Quit Smoking Kit, with a step-by-step guide, Cambie un Habito, to stopping smoking permanently.

Cambie un Habito can be downloaded from the Department of Health's Spanish-language Web site, aasalud.org. Click "Aprenda a Vivir" on the navigation bar, and then click on "Dejar de Fumar."

A Breast and Cervical Cancer Kit, with information on prevention and treatment, is also available.

Information: 410-222-4479 or aasalud.org.

Talk on arthritis and diet

Anne Arundel Medical Center physicians and the Southern Maryland Arthritis Foundation will sponsor a free seminar on the role of diet and nutrition in arthritis management.

"Eat, Drink, and Be Active: Diet & Nutrition for Arthritis Management," the first in the 2009 AAMC Arthritis Seminar Series, will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in the medical center's Clatanoff Pavilion Auditorium, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis.

AAMC orthopedic surgeon Dr. Edward R. McDevitt will discuss the effectiveness of nutritional supplements, and AAMC physical therapist Jennifer Gurka will describe related physical therapy.

Registered nurse Andie Lichtenstein will talk about the aging athlete.

Information: 443-481-4000. For more information on arthritis: 4110-544-5433, or visit www.arthritis.org.

Calendar

Pregnancy, childbirth classes : The Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie, offers information on pregnancy, childbirth education, an anesthesia class, preparation for multiple births, and classes on breast-feeding, infant care and infant CPR.

* An Infant and Child CPR Heartsaver Certification class is offered on some Fridays and Saturdays. Pregnancy Yoga and Mommy and Me Yoga are also available.

* A class for baby sitters is offered some Saturdays, and a class for siblings is also offered some Saturdays.

For information: 443-849-BABY (2229), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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