Announcements

HIV TESTING AND COUNSELING

Appointments available from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Mary's County Health Department. Call Lana Horton, community health nurse, at 301-475-4295. www.dhmh.state.md.us/AIDS.

WHEELCHAIRS FOR SENIORS

* Powered wheelchairs are available, usually at no out-of-pocket cost, to nonambulatory seniors ages 65 and older who qualify. 800-749-8778 or 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 www.threewishes2.com.

* Medicare recipients who have arthritis, cardiovascular disease or respiratory disorders and 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 No. 4.

MASSAGE

* Bay Healing Arts Center offers acupuncture, massage, reflexology and acupressure facial therapy. 9129 Bay Ave., North Beach. 410-286-9110.

* Heaven to Earth Healing Arts offers "energy work," noninvasive techniques that help people access their natural healing abilities. 50-minute session, $65. Call 410-257-0147.

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 is 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

The 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

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital. A one-stop screening provides full coronary risk profile. By appointment only. Ten-hour fast required. Must be 18 to participate. 7-9 a.m. Saturday, Dunkirk Medical Center (10). $25.

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING

Calvert Memorial Hospital offers screenings. Includes a PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Dunkirk Medical Center (10); Sept. 29, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3).

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

* 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 Medical Center at Charlotte Hall 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

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.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) for women whose cancer is in any stage of diagnosis or treatment. Class teaches hands-on techniques to overcome side effects of chemotherapy and radiation and improve self-image. 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday. Free.

LUNCH AND LEARN

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Class teaches about what a thyroid does, its effect on weight and treatment options. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday. $10.

LIFECYCLES

"What to Do Before It's a Matter of Life and Death." Class teaches what people can do now to ensure that in case of a medical crisis or the end of their lives, their families will know what treatment they want. 7-8 p.m. Sept. 20, Berry Patch, Route 231, Prince Frederick. Free. Sponsored by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3).

HOT TOPICS

* Discussion of gastric bypass surgery. Explores the risks and benefits of such surgery, post-operative diet, exercise and costs. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Free.

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.

* A variety of courses are offered by St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections. Call 301-475-6019.

"A COPING SKILLS TOOLBOX"

Classes teach how to look for signs of stress and how to reduce it. Southern Maryland Hospital Center (17), Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. Call 301-877-7370 for dates and times of bimonthly classes.

INDIVIDUALIZED DIET

Participants will learn how many calories they need. They can meet their weight goal 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 and 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

Fitness assessment given by a certified 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 for people to learn 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 301-475-6185.

* 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 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 6-10. Free. Calvert Memorial Hospital. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN

These 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

* Calvert Memorial Hospital Healthy Alternatives (12) provides yoga for all ages and all 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.

* Beginning Yoga, an ongoing class, teaches flexibility exercises and relaxation and strengthening techniques. 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays, Civista Women's Health Center (9). 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. Learn simple movement exercises to maintain softness and range of motion. Clients remain fully clothed. 410-394-2816 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 2816.

Parenting

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT

* For new moms who could benefit from the support of other nursing mothers. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, St. Mary's Hospital (15) Health Connections. Free. 301-997-6505.

* The basics from Civista Women's Health (9). 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. $10 a couple. Call for dates.

EXERCISE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

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

EXERCISE FOR NEW MOMS

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

* Civista Antenatal Testing Center (6) in La Plata offers evening classes or a one-day Saturday class to prepare mothers and their support person for a safe birthing experience. Newborn topics include sleeping, feeding, safety, illness and growth and development. A tour of the Family Birthing Center is included. Registration and prepayment required. Call for dates and times. $85.

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

INCREDIBLE YEARS PROGRAM

The 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 the month. Meet in the emergency room department. Free.

* Tour the birth center and nursery, and meet the staff members, at 6-7 p.m. Monday and Sept. 19. Civista Medical Center (8). Free.

PARENTS-TO-BE

* St. Mary's Hospital (15) 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.

* 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.

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 help relieve stress. Class can be joined anytime 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.

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Provided by a trained therapist. 4:45-6:45 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month; 3:45-6:45 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3); 9 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays of the month, Dunkirk Medical Center (10). One-hour session, $60. 410-394-2816.

Support Groups

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

SUPPORT GROUP

Meetings are open to anyone who has had weight loss surgery or who is thinking about having the surgery. 7 p.m. Sept. 21, SMECO building, 4415 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Free. 301-645-8894.

TOBACCO-QUITTERS SUPPORT GROUP

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

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP

Open to patients, friends and relatives. Support and education on aspects of the disease. Fourth Saturday of each month, Civista Medical Center (8). Call for times and details. 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. second Tuesday of each month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-4456.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

* Calvert Hospice offers drop-in meetings for county residents grieving the loss of a loved one: noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Smithville United Methodist Church, 10602 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk; 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-1 p.m. Thursdays, Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick; and noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Olivet United Methodist Church, 13570 Olivet Rd., Lusby. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

* Offered by Hospice of St. Mary's for people grieving the loss of a loved one. 6:30-7:30 p.m. third Tuesday of each month, Hospice of St. Mary's, 22699 Washington St., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-6423.

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.

CAREGIVERS

* For caregivers of older adults. Supervision of care recipient available on site during 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 offers this group to 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

* Family members welcome. 7-8 p.m. Sept. 21, Civista Medical Center (8) cafeteria. Registration not required.

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

DIABETES

Meets 2-4 p.m. 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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