Announcements

Numbers in parentheses correspond to location numbers in Location Key.

AROMATHERAPY

Explore the uses of pure essential oils through a variety of applications. Make aromatherapy oil to take home. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18, Civista Women's Health Center (9). Registration and pre-payment required. $20.

WOMEN'S HEALTH NIGHT

Health experts, activities and free, low-cost health screenings and seated massages. Sponsored by Calvert Memorial Hospital. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 21, Solomons Medical Center (14). $7.

CIVISTA ON THE LINE

Civista Medical Center offers a free physician referral service for their medical staff. Registration for Civista-sponsored events and classes and information on health-related county resources are also available. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 888-332-4847.

FREEDOM FROM SMOKING

Seven-week course sponsored by Civista Health and American Lung Association. Call for dates and times. Civista Medical Center (8). $40. 301-609-4327.

OSTOMY INFORMATION

The Southern Maryland chapter of the 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 (15) offers a detailed evaluation including complete medical history, physical examination, consultation with a pulmonologist and a breathing test. Call 301-877-4616.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) offers transportation for outpatient services when personal transportation is not available. Call 301-877-4357.

SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM

Offered by the Charles County Health Department, this program utilizes the nicotine patch and individual consultations. 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 14 for 10 weeks, Charles County Health Department, 4545 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Free. 301-609-6935.

"ANGELS HAVE WHEELS"

Medicare recipients who suffer from arthritis, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders and who have difficulty walking or using a standard wheelchair may be eligible for an electric wheelchair. For more information, call Gregory Coleman at 800-810-2877.

Screenings

PROSTATE SCREENING

* Includes a PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam for men age 50 and older or 40 and older for African American men or those who have a family history of prostate cancer. 4:30-6 p.m. Sept. 28, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3); Sept. 29, Dunkirk Medical Center (10); Oct. 5, Solomons Medical Center (14). Free. Appointments required. 410-535-8233.

* Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) offers screenings for men 40 and older. 8-11 a.m. Sept. 11, second floor lobby. Free. By appointment only.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

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

* Civista Medical Center (8) offers screenings 1-3 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month in La Plata or the second Monday of the month in Bryans Road. Free.

* Calvert Pines Senior Center (2) offers screenings 11 a.m.-noon the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free.

* North Beach Senior Center (12) offers screenings 10-11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. Free.

* Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) offers screenings noon-8 p.m. every Thursday in the hospital solarium. Free.

WELLNESS SCAN

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers whole-body scans, including specialized heart scans that provide a detailed look inside the coronary arteries and the heart. Call 410-414-4782.

Education Programs

CPR COURSES

Calvert Memorial Hospital offers a variety of courses for CPR 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.

STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

Learn to look for signs of stress and how to take actions to reduce it. Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15), Colony South Hotel and Conference Center. Free. Call 301-877-7370, for dates and times of bimonthly classes.

COPING WITH CANCER

Designed to help female cancer patients cope with hair and skin changes during treatment. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 18, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Free.

INDIVIDUALIZED DIET

Learn how many calories you need. Meet your weight goal with a personalized diet prepared by a registered dietician. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call for appointment. $40.

COMPUTERIZED BODY COMPOSITION

* Have your body composition assessed. Receive a computer printout of your lean body mass and body fat and recommendations for optimal weight and weight loss. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call for an appointment. $50.

* Get a fitness assessment from a certified fitness trainer. Tests evaluate muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic endurance and body composition. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call for an appointment. $50.

ON THE MOVE

Fitness program for teens, ages 13-18, who are overweight. Certified personal trainer teaches cardiovascular health, weight training and flexibility. 6-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 21. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $90.

KICKBOXING

Certified personal trainer teaches kicking and punching techniques as well as upper and lower body strengthening to ages 13-18. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 21. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $90.

PILATES

Healthy Alternatives offers basic exercises to condition and activate deep muscles, flatten abdominals and alleviate stress and tension. For class information, call 410-414-4507.

TAIJI QIGONG

Learn gentle soft movements that help open joints, relax the body and center the mind. 24-Movement Taiji is also available. Call Healthy Alternatives for more information, 410-414-4507.

FAD DIETS AND FITNESS TRENDS

Get updated on the latest popular diets and find out which plans work and are best for your schedule and body type. 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Civista Women's Health Center (9). $10.

BABYSITTER'S TRAINING COURSE

Designed for beginning babysitters ages 11-13. Class includes first aid, rescue breathing, child safety, infant and child care. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $39.

HYPNOTHERAPY

Useful for smoking cessation, weight reduction, stress management and more. Call Healthy Alternatives, 410-414-4507.

ACUPUNCTURE

Treat depression, anxiety, migraines, nausea, infertility and more. Call Healthy Alternatives at Calvert Memorial Hospital, 410-414-4507 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4507.

BIOFEEDBACK

Treats chronic pain, high blood pressure, urinary incontinence, stress and anxiety. Call Healthy Alternatives, 410-414-4507 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4507. $75.

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

* At St. Mary's Hospital (13), professionals will help with diabetic meal planning, monitoring, treatment options and daily coping. Self-management classes are offered days, evenings and Saturdays. Call 301-475-6185.

* 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, 301-870-7816. $5 each session.

HEALTH TALK SPEAKERS BUREAU

Health care professionals are available to present programs on health topics at your place of business or to community groups. 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 to warn against tobacco use. Available upon request for groups of children in grades 6-10. Free. Calvert Memorial Hospital. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN

These ongoing exercise classes for women are designed to strengthen and tone muscles and increase flexibility. Participants will use dumbbells, resistance bands and other exercise equipment. Certified instructors. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Thursdays, Civista Women's Health Center (9). Registration not required. Four sessions, $30; one session, $8. 888-332-4847.

YOGA

* Healthy Alternatives provides yoga for all ages and all fitness levels. For class dates and times, call Healthy Alternatives, 410-414-4507.

* This ongoing class teaches participants relaxation techniques, flexibility exercises and strengthening techniques. Registration not required. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, or 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays, Civista Women's Health Center (9). Four sessions, $30; one session, $8. 888-332-4847.

* Beginning Yoga, an ongoing class for beginners, teaches relaxation techniques, flexibility exercises and strengthening techniques. Registration not required. 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays, Civista Women's Health Center (9). Four sessions, $30; one session, $8.Registration not required.

THE TRAGER APPROACH

Offered by Healthy Alternatives, Trager Bodywork uses gentle rocking and stretching movements for relaxation. Learn simple movement exercises to maintain softness and range of motion. Clients remain fully clothed. 410-414-4507 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4507.

MASSAGE

* Reduce pain, soothe injured muscles, stimulate circulation, promote relaxation and relieve stress. Seated chair and full-body massage available. Certified massage therapist. Call Healthy Alternatives at Calvert Memorial Hospital for more information, 410-414-4507 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4507.

Parenting

SIBLING CLASS

Prepare children ages 2-8 for a new baby in the family. 2-3 p.m. Sept. 12 or 26, Civista Medical Center (8), in the lobby. $5; free to moms who deliver at Civista. Registration required.

EXERCISE FOR MOMS TO BE

Tailored to individual needs. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 2. 10 sessions, Calvert Memorial Hospital Annex (4). $50; walk-ins, $6 each session. 410-257-5263.

MOMS SHAPE UP

Babies who are not crawling yet are welcome too. 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 2, 10 sessions, Calvert Memorial Hospital Annex (4). $50; walk-ins, $6 each session. 410-257-5263.

BABY CARE

* Comprehensive class includes certification for first aid and CPR for infants and children. Education and information on selecting car seats and cribs, baby-proofing your home and basic baby care. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12, Civista Medical Center (8). $60.

* New and expectant parents learn about basic newborn care (birth-2 months). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $9 a couple.

PARENTING GROUP DISCUSSION

Develop skills necessary to deal with today's issues. The 10-week Parenting and Family Values curriculum addresses issues of young children, adolescents and/or teenagers. 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Walden/Sierra Inc., 44871 St. Andrew's Church Rd., California. Sessions, $5 each; one-time workbook fee, $25. 301-863-6661.

BIRTH CENTER TOURS

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

BREAST-FEEDING BASICS

* Learn basic information including medical benefits, how to get started, what to prepare before and after the birth, best nutrition, returning to work, pumps, bottles and more. Fathers encouraged to attend. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 11, Civista Women's Health Center (9). $10.

* 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. 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays, St. Mary's Hospital (13). Call 301-997-6505 to talk to a lactation consultant.

CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASSES

* Civista Health classes prepare you and support person and include a tour of the Family Birthing Center. 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 2-23, or 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18, Civista's Antenatal Testing Center (6). $85, prepaid registration required. 888-332-4847.

* Nurturing Necessities class includes instruction on labor and delivery preparation, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication options and more. $100. Call 410-414-5414 for times and dates of classes.

PARENTS-TO-BE

St. Mary's Hospital (13) offers a series of monthly parenting classes, free to parents who plan to deliver their child at the hospital. Classes cover baby care, breast-feeding, childbirth, infant safety, CPR and siblings. Call 301-475-6019 for times and dates of classes.

INFANT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Learn how the brain develops up to age 3, how to be ready for the next stage and how to maximize your child's intellectual and emotional potential. 6:30-8 p.m. July 15, St. Mary's Hospital (13). Free.

MATERNITY TOUR

Tour the Family Birthing Center and visit the newborn nursery at Civista Medical Center (8). 6-7 p.m. Sept. 13 or 20. Free. Call 888-332-4847for times and registration. Free.

PRENATAL YOGA

St. Mary's Hospital (13) offers a six-week class that can help you to relax, strengthen your body and speed recovery after childbirth. The class includes hatha yoga postures, breathing practices for relaxation and the use of sound to help relieve stress. You can begin the class any time after completing 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.

NEW PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Provided by a trained therapist. One-hour session, $60. 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3); 9 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays, Dunkirk Medical Center (10); 4-7 p.m. first and third Saturdays, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Solomons Medical Center (14). 410-414-4507 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4507.

YOGA FOR PREGNANCY

Designed to help make pregnancy, labor and delivery more comfortable. Focuses on relaxation, breathing techniques and gentle posture. Must be 13 weeks pregnant. Physician consent required. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $51. 410-414-4507.

Support Groups

ADOLESCENT DIABETES

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) is forming a group for youths ages 10-18. To participate, call 410-414-4670.

ALZHEIMER'S

Family members welcome. 5-6 p.m. second Thursday of every month, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15). Free.

AMPUTEE SUPPORT

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each 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, 410-326-6655.

BEREAVEMENT

For those grieving the death of a spouse. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, July 21-Sept. 1, Calvert Hospice office, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226. Free.

BRAIN INJURY

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

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

BREAST CANCER

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

* Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) sponsors group. 7:30-8:30 p.m. third Monday of every month, Colony South Hotel & Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-5600.

PROSTATE CANCER

* Man to Man, an American Cancer Society support program, provides opportunity to meet with health professionals and learn more about the disease, treatment options, survival issues, resources and more. 6-8 p.m. third Tuesday of each month, Civista Medical Center (8). Free.

* Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) sponsors group. 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Tuesday of every month, Colony South Hotel & Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free.

CANCER

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

* St. Mary's Hospital group welcomes family and friends. Snacks provided. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Mary's Hospital (13). Free. 301-475-6070.

* Charles County Health Department is forming a support group for cancer survivors and their caregivers. 7-8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, Health Partners Clinic (11), next to the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Waldorf. Free. 301-743-7272.

LUPUS

2:30-4:30 p.m. third Sunday of every month, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) library. Free.

CAREGIVERS

For caregivers of any age who provide care for an older adult. 2 p.m. last Wednesday of each month, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-0128 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5128.

CELIAC

Friends and family welcome. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) library.

STROKE

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

* Meets first Wednesday of every month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call 410-414-4800 for times.

CARDIAC REHABILITATION

* Family members welcome. 7-8 p.m. the third Wednesday (except holidays) of each month, Civista Medical Center (8) cafeteria. Registration not required.

* At Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). For dates, times and topics, call 410-414-4527.

DIABETES

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

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Open to all ages. Friends and family members welcome. Meets 2-4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month, Civista Medical Center (8).

PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS

7-8 p.m. July 1, St. Mary's Hospital (13) in the Outpatient Infusion Services lobby. Free.

-- Compiled by BONNIE SMITH

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