Health Calendar

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Announcements

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Calvert County Mental Health Clinic operates at the Twin Beaches Community Health Center at 8924 Chesapeake Ave. in North Beach. Diagnostic and medication evaluations, medication management and individual and family therapy services are available. Most commercial insurance programs and Medicaid are accepted. 410-535-5400, Ext. 475.

HEALTH CONNECTIONS MOBILE OUTREACH

A traveling van offers health screenings, wellness education, disease prevention and other medical and community services through St. Mary's Hospital, St. Mary's County Health Department and St. Mary's County Department of Social Services. For more information about services or a listing of van stops and times, call 301-475-6019. To schedule a van stop at your business, school or community event, call 301-475-6195.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FOR WOMEN

Offered by Civista Women's Health Center (9). A 12-week medically managed program includes consultations with doctors, dietitians, exercise physiologists and counselors; weekly education and support sessions; a pedometer with instructions; food logs and a workbook; medical evaluation and lab work; and weekly strength training. A lifetime maintenance program is available. Call the center for dates of the next program.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TALKS

"Being Prepared Is Central to Good Health," a talk offered by the St. Mary's County Health Department, outlines steps that families can take to prepare for a disaster. To schedule a 30-minute presentation, call Erin Reiney at 301-475-4330.

HIV TESTING AND COUNSELING

Appointments are available through St. Mary's County Health Department (14) reproductive health clinic. 301-475-4330 or http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/AIDS .

WHEELCHAIRS FOR SENIORS

· Powered wheelchairs are available, usually at no out-of-pocket cost, to non-ambulatory seniors ages 65 and older who qualify. 800-749-8778 or http://www.jaspanmedical.com .

· "Wishes on Wheels" program offers wheelchairs, usually at no out-of-pocket cost, to seniors ages 65 and older who qualify. 800-823-5220 or http://www.threewishes2.com .

· Medicare recipients who have arthritis, cardiovascular disease or respiratory disorders, and who also have difficulty walking or using a standard wheelchair, may be eligible for an electric wheelchair. Call Gregory Coleman at 800-810-2877.

HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

For seniors who find it difficult to leave home, the Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency Inc., a nonprofit group serving Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties, will make home visits to draw blood for lab tests, organize prescription drugs or fill insulin syringes. Call the intake office at 800-656-4343, Ext. 121, and press option 4.

MASSAGE

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers massage designed to reduce pain, soothe injured muscles, stimulate circulation, promote relaxation and relieve stress. Full-body, one-hour massage, $60. Seated chair massage for head, neck, back, shoulders, arms and hands, 15 minutes, $13; 30 minutes, $26. Call 410-394-2816 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 2816, for times and locations.

VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION EXPANDS

MedStar Health Visiting Nurse Association's new office in Camp Springs offers home care in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and southern Prince George's counties. Services include wound care, infusion and rehabilitation. Specialty care in cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation, ostomy, oncology, stroke and joint replacement rehabilitation, diabetes, maternal/child health, pediatrics and respiratory therapy are also available. 301-931-3100.

CIVISTA ON THE LINE

Civista Medical Center offers free referrals of medical staff members. Callers can also register for Civista-sponsored events and classes and receive information on health-related county resources. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. 888-332-4847.

OSTOMY INFORMATION

Southern Maryland chapter of the United Ostomy Association of America is available to anyone seeking information. Call Jerry Kluckman at 410-326-2207.

ASTHMA AND ALLERGY CENTER

Southern Maryland Hospital Center (17) offers a detailed evaluation, including complete medical history and physical examination, a consultation with a pulmonologist and a breathing test. Fee charged. 301-877-4616.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Southern Maryland Hospital Center (17) offers transportation for outpatient services when personal transportation is not available. 301-877-4357.

Screenings

BLOOD PRESSURE

· Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. No appointment needed. Free. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

· Civista Medical Center (8) offers screenings from 1 to 3 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month in La Plata. Free.

· Calvert Pines Senior Center (2) offers screenings from 11 a.m. to noon the first and third Thursdays of the month. Free.

· North Beach Senior Center (13) offers screenings from 10 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of the month. Free.

· Southern Maryland Hospital Center (17) offers screenings from noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays in the hospital solarium. Free.

· St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center at Charlotte Hall, at 37767 Market Dr., offers screenings from 9 a.m. to noon the first Friday of the month. Free. 301-290-1499.

· St. Mary's Hospital (15) offers screenings from 9 a.m. to noon the second Friday of the month in the lobby. Free.

Education Programs

SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM

Ten-week program using the nicotine patch, offered by Charles County Department of Health. 6-8 p.m. April 18, at the health department, 4545 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Call before April 7 to reserve a space and schedule a consultation. Free. 301-609-6935 or 301-609-6932.

DEALING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

Offered by Civista Women's Health (9) for women dealing with chronic illness. Christel Libiot, a life coach who has been living with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia for seven years, will be the workshop presenter. 10 a.m.-noon April 8. $5.

DIABETES WALK AND TALK

Offered by St. Mary's Hospital and Health Connections. Take a walk around the hospital campus. Discuss how walking should become a part of a personal diabetes self-management program. Weather permitting. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring your glucose meter. 1-2 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Meet in the Health Connections parking lot at the hospital. In inclement weather, meet inside the Health Connections building. 301-475-6019.

STRESS LESS MINI RETREAT

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital for groups of up to 15 at Solomons Medical Center (16). Program may include individual appointments for the Trager approach or seated massage or group instruction in relaxation techniques, meditation and guided imagery. 410-394-2816.

HEART TALKS AVAILABLE

Presented by St. Mary's County Health Department, the talks address hypertension and the symptoms and signs of stroke and heart attack. To schedule a 45-minute presentation, call Betsy Tyer at 301-475-4079.

CPR COURSES

· Calvert Memorial Hospital offers courses in CPR techniques for adults, infants and children. Certification for health care providers. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233, for dates and times of classes.

· St. Mary's Hospital offers a variety of courses. Call 301-475-6019.

INDIVIDUALIZED DIET

Participants will learn how many calories they need and how they can meet their weight goals with a personalized diet prepared by a registered dietitian. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call for appointment. One-hour session, $40; four sessions, $130.

COMPUTERIZED BODY COMPOSITION

Body composition assessments give a computer printout of participants' lean body mass, body fat and recommendations for optimal weight and weight loss. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $20. Call for an appointment, 410-535-8245 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8245.

FITNESS ASSESSMENT

Get a fitness assessment from a certified fitness trainer. Tests evaluate muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic endurance and body composition. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $50. Call for an appointment, 410-535-8245 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8245.

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT

· Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers a program that teaches people how to balance their lifestyle and diabetes. This program is covered by most health insurance plans. To schedule an appointment, call 410-414-4809.

· At St. Mary's Hospital (15), professionals will help with diabetic meal planning, monitoring, treatment options and daily coping. Self-management classes are offered days, evenings and Saturdays. Call 301-475-6019.

· Civista Women's Health Center (9) offers a program of two group classes and two individual sessions. Call 301-609-5200 to discuss insurance coverage and registration.

· Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare Inc. offers two-hour classes at a variety of times and locations in Charles and St. Mary's counties. $5 each session. Call Carol Wright to register at 301-870-7816.

HEALTH SPEAKERS BUREAU

Health care professionals are available to present programs on health topics for a business or community group. Topics include diet and nutrition, heart disease prevention, cancer prevention, breast cancer, skin care, sleep disorders, diabetes, hearing loss, osteoporosis, alternative medicine, children's health and safety and women's health issues. Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). 410-414-4523 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4523.

TOBACCO AWARENESS

A demonstration about the risks of tobacco use. Available upon request for groups of children in grades 6 to 10. Free. Calvert Memorial Hospital. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

YOGA

· Calvert Memorial Hospital Healthy Alternatives (12) provides yoga for all ages and fitness levels. For class dates and times, call 410-394-2816 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 2816.

· Civista Women's Health Center (9) class teaches participants relaxation techniques, flexibility exercises and strengthening techniques. 10-11 a.m. Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays. Four sessions, $30; one session, $8. Registration not required.

· Hatha yoga classes, offered by Chris Schmitthenner. 6:30 p.m. Mondays. $25 a month. Call for location and more information, 301-472-4279.

THE TRAGER APPROACH

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital Healthy Alternatives (12), Trager Bodywork uses gentle rocking and stretching movements for relaxation. Teaches simple movement exercises to maintain softness and range of motion. Clients remain fully clothed. 410-394-2816 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 2816.

Parenting

IN-DEPTH PARENTING CLASSES

Offered by St. Mary's Hospital (15). Topics include basic care, breast-feeding, childbirth, infant safety and CPR, siblings and a group for breast-feeding mothers. All classes are free to parents who plan to deliver at the hospital. Call Health Connections program for dates and times. 301-475-6019.

EXERCISE FOR EXPECTANT AND NEW MOTHERS

· Presented by Calvert Memorial Hospital. Tailored to individual needs of expectant mothers. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital Annex (4). Ten sessions, $50; walk-ins, $6. 410-257-5263.

· Presented by Calvert Memorial Hospital. Tailored for new mothers. Babies may attend until they are able to crawl. 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital Annex (4). Ten sessions, $50; walk-ins, $6. 410-257-5263.

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

· Calvert Memorial Hospital offers classes that cover labor and delivery preparation, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication options, Caesarean delivery information and breast-feeding education. Weeknight and Saturday classes available. Call Nurturing Necessities program at 410-414-5414.

INCREDIBLE YEARS PROGRAM

Center for Children offers empowerment and problem-solving tips for parents and guardians in Charles and St. Mary's counties. 301-609-9887 or 301-475-8860.

BIRTH CENTER TOURS

· Expectant parents can tour the birth center at Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). A question-and-answer period follows. 2 p.m. the third Sunday of each month. Meet in the emergency room department. Free.

· Tour the birth center and nursery and meet the staff. 4-5 p.m. April 2 and May 7, and 6-7 p.m. April 10, Civista Medical Center (8). Registration required. 888-332-4847.

· Tours of St. Mary's Hospital (15) Women's Health and Family Birthing Center. 2 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Free.

· Tour the family birthing center, meet the staff and visit the nursery at Civista Medical Center (8). 6-7 p.m. tomorrow. Free.

LACTATION HELP

· Breast-Feeding Resource Center's certified lactation consultants will answer questions or provide a private consultation. Breast pumps and other items will be available for rent or purchase. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, St. Mary's Hospital (15). Call 301-997-6505 to talk to a lactation consultant.

· Learn basic information from a registered dietitian and board-certified lactation consultant. 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 29, Civista Women's Health Center (9). $10.

PRENATAL YOGA

St. Mary's Hospital (15) offers a six-week course that teaches hatha yoga postures, breathing practices for relaxation and the use of sound to relieve stress. You can begin the class any time after the first trimester of pregnancy. Permission from a health care provider is required. Fee charged. Call 301-475-6019 for dates and times and to register.

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Provided by a trained therapist. 3:45-6:45 p.m. the second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3); 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays of the month, Dunkirk Medical Center (10). One-hour session, $60. 410-394-2816.

Support Groups

TRI-COUNTY WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

SUPPORT GROUP

Meetings are open to anyone who has had any type of weight loss surgery or is thinking about having surgery. 7 p.m. Wednesday, SMECO building, 4415 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Free. Call Jay McClain at 301-645-8894.

JUVENILE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP

Offered by St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections. If you have a child with diabetes and are interested in joining the support group, call 301-475-6019.

TOBACCO-QUITTERS SUPPORT GROUP

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). 6-7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. 410-414-4572.

OSTOMY SUPPORT

Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency, 7627 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville. Free. For dates and time of meetings, call Amber Fowler at 301-274-9000, Ext. 227.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP

Open to patients, friends and relatives. Support and education on aspects of the disease. 2-4 p.m. April 22, Civista Medical Center (8). Free.

MENTAL ILLNESS GROUP

· National Alliance for the Mentally Ill meets monthly at Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call Jean Doran at 410-535-2746 for time, date and other information.

· Offered by Southern Maryland Hospital Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-4456.

HOSPICE SUPPORT

· Calvert Hospice offers drop-in meetings for county residents grieving the loss of a loved one. 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-1 p.m. Thursdays, Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

· "Bridges," an eight-week support group for those grieving a death. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 20-June 8, St. Paul's Episcopal Church's education building, Church Street, Prince Frederick. Registration is required by April 13. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

· "A Time to Heal," for those grieving the death of a parent. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 14 to April 25, Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

ALZHEIMER'S

Family members welcome. 5-6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (17). Free.

AMPUTEE SUPPORT

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the KeepWell Center (ground floor of the hospital). Free. Call Scarlett Schall, 410-535-8210 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8210. For information on speakers and topics, call 410-414-4670.

AUTISM-ASPERGER ASSOCIATION

Family members welcome. Fridays, Lusby Office Suites, Conference Room 2, 192 Main St., Prince Frederick (across from Lusby Hardware). Free. Call for times at 410-326-6655.

BRAIN INJURY

Meets 6:30-8 p.m. the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call Carl Garland at 410-535-4461, Ext. 106.

· Meets 6:30-8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, Spring Dell Center Inc., 6040 Radio Station Rd., La Plata. 301-932-6196.

BREAST CANCER

· Friends Who Care meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Calvert Medical Office Building, Prince Frederick. Free. Call social worker Joyce Gradle at 410-326-4262.

· Sponsored by Southern Maryland Hospital Center (17). 7:30-8:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month, and 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-5600.

CANCER

· 5:30-7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital Annex (4), Medical Office Building. Free. Call Meghan Toffey, 410-414-4730 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4730.

LUPUS

2:30-4:30 p.m. the third Sunday of the month, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (17) library. Free.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

· For caregivers of older adults. Supervision for older adults available on site during the group meeting. 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-0128 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5128.

· Offered by Calvert County Hospice. Available for county residents caring for a loved one who is chronically or terminally ill. 12:30-2 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, at the hospice office, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

STROKE

· Calvert Memorial Hospital sponsors a group for survivors and caregivers. Clinical professionals will be available to answer questions and share ideas for improving physical, social and emotional health. 5:30-7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Free. 410-414-4800.

· Southern Maryland Hospital Center support group is open to family members. 5-6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. Registration recommended. 301-877-4563.

CARDIAC REHABILITATION

Group meets 6-8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call 410-414-4648.

DIABETES

Meets 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). For meeting topics and speakers, call the Diabetes Support Group hotline at 410-414-4783.

-- Compiled by BONNIE SMITH

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