September 13, 2-6:00 p.m. HCGH Farmers’ Market. Join us every Friday for the HCGH Farmers Market. Keep your family healthy with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, eggs, meat and other farm products grown and produced on local Howard County Farms. New vendors this year include Misty Meadows Milk and a jewelry vendor once a month. Market is at the rear of Visitor Lot C at HCGH.

September 13, 8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Living With Diabetes. Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have you been living with diabetes and would like to improve your health? Our diabetes specialists will teach you how to change your habits, give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy and design a diabetes management plan to fit your lifestyle. Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. Choose a day program or a condensed evening program. Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program.  The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000

September 13-20, Various times and Branches. Play Partners. Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Contact your Branch for registration requirements.

September 14, 10:00 a.m. Ask A Master Gardener. Discuss gardening questions and concerns at the Miller Branch. April through September. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (except holiday weekends). University of Maryland Extension – Howard County Master Gardeners. Offered again 9/16, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. No registration required.

September 16, 10- 11:30 a.m. Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare. Are you currently on Medicare or soon will be? Do you provide care to someone covered by Medicare? This presentation will review Original Medicare (Part A Hospital and Part B Medical) and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). Learn what is covered, your costs, how Medicare works, and available benefit programs. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 16, 10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. What’s the Sense?: The Five Senses. Explore the five senses and how we use them at Miller Branch. Ages 3-5; 30 min. Multi-week series. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

September 16, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring at the Glenwood Branch offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. A Well & Wise event. No registration required.

September 17 – 19, 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. All Together Now classes now available at HCLS Savage Branch Express. For more information or to register call 410.880.5975 or register online.

September 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m. It’s not Breast Cancer, but What is It? Finding a lump in your breast can raise anxiety in all women. Learn from our experts about common conditions such as fibrocystic disease, fibroadenomas, hyperplasias and more. What are they, what do they mean and what are the options for treatment? Presented by Lisa Jacobs, M.D. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group. This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Free. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

September 17, 7:00 p.m. Introduction to Chen-style Tai Chi. Tai Chi Chuan, a Chinese martial art developed more than 300 years ago, has been described as meditation in motion. Learn about the Chen family style of Tai Chi at the Miller Branch. Presented by certified Tai Chi instructor Chuck Cabrera. A Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

September 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Living With Diabetes. Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have you been living with diabetes and would like to improve your health? Our diabetes specialists will teach you how to change your habits, give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy and design a diabetes management plan to fit your lifestyle. Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. Choose a day program or a condensed evening program. Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program.  The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000

September 18, 7 p.m. Food for Thought Book Discussion: Mediterranean Cooking. Borrow a cookbook from HCLS, prepare a few recipes at home, and discuss your experiences at Glenwood Branch. Light refreshments provided. Register online or by calling 410.313.5577.

September 20, 10:30 a.m. Care Giver’s Support Group. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon. (Saturday group is on hiatus for the summer). FREE. Registration is required.  Call the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410 740-5858 for more information. 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 21, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Essentials in Babysitting. $50. Teens 11-14 will learn to manage children, create a safe environment, and apply basic emergency techniques. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 21, 10:30 a.m. Care Giver’s Support Group. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon. (Saturday group is on hiatus for the summer). FREE. Registration is required.  Call the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410 740-5858 for more information. 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 22, 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. CUTS Against Cancer- Annual Haircut-a-thon benefitting the Howard County General Hospital Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.  Lobbies of the Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 23, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED. $55. Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Quilting Support Group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month to learn quilting and hand piecing techniques and to for time to work on projects. Free. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

September 24 or September 26. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Prenatal Exercise Taught by a Certified Instructor. Physician permission required. Eight-week session beginning Tuesdays on 9/24, 6:30–7:30 p.m. or Thursdays on 9/26, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $88/eight sessions. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Smoke-Free Lungs. Education and support for those wanting to quit or who have quit. Attend one or all sessions. 9/26, 10/17 or 11/14. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

September 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Living with Breast Cancer Support Group. This group facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C for patients with a stage IV cancer diagnosis meets each fourth Thursday of the month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

September 28, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. “Adults: Navigating to Better Health” Health Fair. Participate in essential screenings including total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. Receive information on heart disease and diabetes prevention as well as healthy lifestyle demonstrations, healthy food and gifts that promote good health. Free. At the Mall in Columbia (The Columbia Mall).

September 30, 10-11:30 a.m. Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn’t Enough. Learn about Medicare Advantage/Health Plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement Policies (Medigap). What should you consider when deciding which Medicare choices are right for you? Understand how plans vary, your costs, and when is the best time to enroll. Learn how to protect yourself and Medicare from healthcare fraud. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

 


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July Tuesdays, 10-11:00 a.m. Summer Yoga for Patients, Caregivers and Survivors. This class will meet Tuesdays through August 27th. Registration required. Call 410.964.9100 for more information.

July , 2-6:00 p.m. HCGH Farmers’ Market. Join us for the HCGH Farmers Market. Keep your family healthy with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, eggs, meat and other farm products grown and produced on local Howard County Farms. New vendors this year include Misty Meadows Milk and a jewelry vendor once a month. Market is at the rear of Visitor Lot C at HCGH.

July 13, 2:00 p.m. African Experience Tour. An instructor from the African Art Museum of Maryland teaches about African art and culture at the Elkridge Branch. Learn about various objects, then try your hand at using them. Families; allow 90 min to 2 hours. No registration required.

July 15, 10:15 & 11:30 a.m. Just for Me. A class at the Central Branch for children ages 3-5 who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. 30 min. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class. Offered 7/16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Glenwood Branch;  register online or by calling 410.313.5579. Offered 7/17 at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. at the Elkridge Branch; no registration required. Offered again on 7/19 at 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. at the East Columbia Branch; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

July 15, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring at the Glenwood Branch offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. 1st & 3rd Mondays; a Well & Wise event. No registration required.

July 15, 4:00 p.m. Epidemic: Infectious Diseases (Session A). LCome to the East Columbia Branch to learn about infectious diseases, how they are spread, and how disease detectives work to find and stop their spread using medical technology and nanotechnology. Participate in mock disease outbreaks around the globe to learn to identify and handle some of the most dangerous diseases, select the right medical or nanotechnology methods, and develop a communication pack to let others know. Being an Infectious Disease Detective has never been more fun!Ages 11-18. Please only register for one session.(Session A) Monday, July 15; Tuesday, July 16; Wednesday, July 17. HiTech is supported in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and IMLS. Visit hclibrary.org/hitech_events. Register online or by calling 410.313.7700.

July 16, 11:00 a.m. Hawaiian Journey. Aloha! Start at the East Columbia Branch, and “journey” through the Hawaiian Islands as we explore legends and culture, and dance a little hula! Ages 7-11; 60 min. Tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

July 16, 6:00 p.m. Take a Walk on the Wild Side. Celebrate the wonder of the great outdoors with a hike, some surprise visitors, and s’mores! Ages 6-10; 45 min. Refreshments. Register online or by calling 410.313.7880.

July 17, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. We Dig Science. Explore science topics at the Miller Branch with stories, facts, and fun activities. Ages 4-6; 30 min. Tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

July 17, 3:00 p.m. The Maryland Harvest. Come to the Miller Branch to learn about Maryland’s farm-to-table movement. The Maryland Harvest, a documentary about Maryland farms and farmers and the chefs who love them, takes us on a gastronomic tour of farms throughout the state with talented area chefs. In partnership with Howard County Tourism & Promotion, Howard County Economic Development Authority, and University of Maryland Extension, Howard County. The Maryland Harvest screening is offered in conjunction with the Annual Film Festival at Clark’s Elioak Farm on July 16, Howard County’s Summer Farm to Table Restaurant Weeks, and Howard County Farmers Market on Wednesdays at Miller Branch. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

July 17, 7:00 p.m. Fall Vegetable Gardening. Plan ahead at the Glenwood Branch for your fall vegetable garden. Extend your growing season with a late planting of vegetables that thrive as the temperatures fall. Presented by Kent Phillips. University of Maryland Extension – Howard County Master Gardeners. Register online or by calling 410.313.5577.

July 17, 7:00 p.m. Science Club. Explore STEM concepts in this monthly class at the Miller Branch for science lovers. Ages 11-17. Register for each date separately. A teen Sci-Tech class. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

July 17, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group. Facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C. Meets the third Wednesday of each month. Registration is required. Call the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410 740-5858 for more information.

July 18, 2:00 p.m. Night Shift. When the sun sets, “night shift” animals come on duty! Join instructors from The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore at the Miller Branch to learn about special senses that allow these animals to navigate in the dark, then test your nocturnal sensory skills. Ages 6-12; 50 min. Space is limited. Ticket s available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

July 19, 2-6:00 p.m. HCGH Farmers’ Market. Join us for the HCGH Farmers Market. Keep your family healthy with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, eggs, meat and other farm products grown and produced on local Howard County Farms. New vendors this year include Misty Meadows Milk and a jewelry vendor once a month. Market is at the rear of Visitor Lot C at HCGH.

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calendar_2014smJanuary 4, 10-11:30 a.m. Together We Thrive. Held the first Saturday of each month this patient support group is for men and women diagnosed with cancer. Participants can share, explore and be encouraged in a safe environment. Registration required. Facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C. (410) 740-5858 for more information.

January 6, 3:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring at Glenwood Branch offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well and Wise event.

January 6, 6:30 p.m. Move with Games. Exercise while competing with your friends at the Elkridge Branch on the Wii or XBox Kinect. Healthy snack provided. Ages 11-17. No registration required.

January 6, 7:00 p.m. Guided Meditation. Presented by Star Ferguson-Gooden, M.Ac., L.Ac. at Miller Branch. Enjoy a guided mindfulness meditation designed to impart a feeling of peacefulness and connection. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950. Well & Wise Event.

January 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn’t Enough. Learn about Medicare Advantage/Health Plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement policies (Medigap). What should you consider when deciding which Medicare choices are right for you? Understand how plans vary, your costs, and when is the best time to enroll. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on aging.

January 7, 3:30 p.m. Care Giver’s Support Group. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.- noon.. Registration is required.  Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information

January 8, 10:30 a.m. Healthy Kids. Explore simple health concepts inspired by children’s literature at the Glenwood Branch. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.

January 9, 7:15 p.m. You Can Run, Too! Meet Betty Smith, record holder for the most miles (89) in 48 hours run by a woman between 70 – 74 years old. Smith discusses how proper posture, strengthening exercises, balance, and relaxation have allowed her to run ultra marathons without injury. Stephanie Dignan, founder of The Boot Camp Girl, LLC, also offers advice for reaching your fitness goals. Ages 14 and up. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410.313.5577.


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2012 CalendarNov 17, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Orchestra Free Chamber Concert.  The amazing talents of our orchestra members are on display when they come together in chamber ensembles. Hear some of the great works of the chamber literature up close in a beautiful, intimate setting. These concerts are FREE and no seat reservation is required. Christ Episcopal Church 6800 Oakland Mills Road.

November 17, 2:00- 3:00 p.m. Hands On History: Medieval Survival Guide. How about a little “medieval fun and fitness” at the Elkridge Branch? Good ladies and noble sirs, knowest thou how to stay alive and laughing in the Middle Ages? Crusade through time to construct, besiege, and make merry. Refreshments. Ages 6 & up. Register online or by calling 410.313.5085.

Nov 17, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Dazzle Dash. Friends and families gather to walk or run through the 1.4 mile magical Symphony of Lights. A fun filled kick-off community event to celebrate the opening of the 18th Annual Symphony of Lights. Come and experience the excitement as the holiday season begins. Enjoy games and activities for children of all ages, food, music, entertainment, and give-aways

Nov 18, 4:00-7:30 p.m. Dazzle Dash. Friends and families gather to walk or run through the 1.4 mile magical Symphony of Lights. A fun filled kick-off community event to celebrate the opening of the 18th Annual Symphony of Lights. Come and experience the excitement as the holiday season begins. Enjoy games and activities for children of all ages, food, music, entertainment, and give-aways

Nov 19- January 6, 6:00- 10:00 p.m. Symphony of Lights Drive Through. Cars, vans and busses can take a 20-30 minute drive-through a display of more than 70 larger-than-life, light creations illuminated by a fantasy of color, design, and animation. This holiday tradition is delightful for all ages.

November 19, 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. Twist & Shout. Music and movement for little ones at the Elkridge Branch. Ages infant – 5; 30 min. No registration required. 

November 19, 11:30 a.m. Just For Me. A class at the Savage Branch for children ages 3-5 who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. 30 min. No registration required at the Savage Branch. Offered 11/20 at 10:30am at the Glenwood Branch–registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.

November 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring at the Glenwood Branch offered by Howard County General Hospital. 1st & 3rd Mondays. No registration required. .

November 21, 2-2:30 p.m. The First Thanksgiving. Come to the Central Branch on this day when Ho. Co. Schools are closed and travel back in time to see how the first pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together and how this special holiday began. Ages 5-8. Tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

November 22- Howard County Library System Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday. 

 Nov 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Smoke Free Lungs. Learn tips for quitting your tobacco habit and mastering long term success. This program provides support and education for those wanting to quit as well as support for those who have already quit. The Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center. 10710 Charter Drive.


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On Saturday, November 10, one of our Well & Wisers went to an event called Santé: Spoil Your Palate at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Not only did she have a blast sampling some of Maryland’s best cuisine prepared by acclaimed chefs, enjoy some exhilerating music, and have an opportunity to bid on some wonderful goods and services in the silent auction, all while hanging out in a train museum (cool!)–she also did good.

You see, Santé has become an annual event to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD), a nonprofit, voluntary health organization that was established in 1955 by Harriet G. Guild, M.D., a well-known Baltimore physician and a pretty amazing woman. NKF-MD “is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.”

This is a pretty great mission, especially considering that our kidneys are basically the sewage treatment plant of the body, can be affected by myriad ailments and complications, and play a pretty key role in helping us stay healthy and…alive. Sadly, “more than 10% of people, or more than 20 million, aged 20 years or older in the United States” have chronic kidney disease, according to the CDC. Not only does NKF-MD help raise awareness and provide resources, they also offer free KEY screenings, provide advocacy and support, and, of course, organize some pretty great fundraising events. But if you missed Santé this year, don’t fret, perhaps you can catch it next year or be involved in some of their other events.

So keep in mind, doing a good deed doesn’t necessarily require pain or sacrifice (well, maybe a little time, money, and possibly some high-heel-pinched toes). It can even be a an opportunity to have a fun time, while helping out. That’s a win-win for sure!


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by Mary Catherine Cochran

 

Annual Pap smears for most women will become a thing of the past as new guidelines released Wednesday recommend far less frequent screenings for cervical cancer.

Doctors had previously recommended that women should begin getting Pap smears at age 21 or three years after beginning sexual activity and should continue with screenings every year or two, thereafter.

Now, after reviewing scientific evidence, three groups including the American Cancer Society, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology concluded that not only was annual screening unnecessary, it was potentially harmful.

Cervical cancer, rare in young women, progresses very slowly in women of any age, so slowly researchers say, it is equally effective to screen for cancer at longer intervals between Pap tests.  Frequent testing can cause its own set of problems including false positive test results and unnecessary biopsies and procedures, which can potentially damage the cervix and lead to pre-term labor and low birth weight infants.

The new guidelines, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine with an accompanying editorial, suggest that women begin screening no earlier than age 21; regardless of sexual activity and that screening should occur every three years. Additionally, when women turn 30, women should get a Pap test along with a test for the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. Guidelines suggest that negative results for both of these tests mean that a woman can wait at least five years to get the tests again.

While Margot Watson, M.D, Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, agrees with the guidelines, she suggests that a conversation between physician and patient is always in order. “Whether Pap smears can be done every three years or every five years depends on whether or not a patient has a history of seriously abnormal Pap smears and so the decision should always be reached in consultation with your physician.” Dr. Watson points out that less frequent Pap smears does not mean less frequent visits to the doctor. “Women should still continue to get yearly gynecologic checkups.”

The new guidelines also recommend that women over the age of 65 should stop getting screened all together as long as they have had adequate prior screening and are not otherwise at high risk for cervical cancer.

The task force recommendations apply only to healthy women. They do not change the advice for women who have unusual symptoms, an unusual Pap test result or a history of dysplasia, cervical cancer, H.I.V. or other illnesses.

If you have questions, be sure to check with your doctor for more information about the new screening guidelines. If you don’t have a gynecologist, reach out to one of our Howard County General, Johns Hopkins Medicine gynecologists.


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