Health
Thursday, March 1st, 2001
Programs at SHARP Center
Internet Access Training at SHARP Center March 13 On the second Tuesday of each month through March there will be an internet training session held at the SHARP Center on 107 B South Street in REhoboth. Karene Jules-Chester, from the Delaware Academy of Medicine, will offer training from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1-3 p.m. The training will cover internet access, focusing on how to search for literature. The sessions are limited to three participants per session. The next scheduled class is Tuesday, March 13. Please contact Jeanne at (302) 644-1094 to register. HIV Resources available at Center The SHARP Center is an HIV/AIDS resource center available to educators, the community and those affected by HIV/AIDS. Books, audio cassettes, and videos may be borrowed at no charge. The facility also has for your information the following magazines: Camp Rehoboth's Letters, Stadtlander's Lifetimers 2, HIV Plus, Positively Aware, A&U, Poz, HIV Consortium's Voices, and the SCAC Newsletter. Copies of the above may be obtained by stopping by the SHARP Center at 107 B South Street in Rehoboth. For directions or more information, call 644-1094. Free HIV Testing In collaboration with CAMP Rehoboth, and the SHARP Center, a program of the Sussex County AIDS Committee, free and anonymous HIV testing will be offered by appointment six days a week at 107B South Street in Rehoboth. No appointments are necessary on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. The SHARP Center uses the OraSure HIV test, which is an oral test that requires no blood to be drawn. Be positive you're negative take the test today. For more information, please contact Jeanne at (302) 644-1094 or to schedule an appointment call 644-1090.

Continuing education for nurses covers advanced stethoscope skills March 9
Nurses can practice advanced stethoscope skills with an approved continuing education program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The workshop meets on Friday, March 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; participants should bring their own stethoscopes. Audiovisual aids will help students identify normal and abnormal heart, breath, and abdominal sounds. Pertinent anatomy and physiology will be reviewed, and participants will have time to practice their skills. Instructor Linda A. Woods, RN, MSN, CCRN, has 25 years of clinical experience and has taught this course for over six years. Course fee of $59 includes handouts and light refreshments. For more information or to register, contact Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Depression support group meets March 15
The Sussex County DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association) support group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. This month it will be March 15. There is no charge to attend. For location and further information, call 629-0619. DRADA works in cooperation with the department of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to ensure medically accurate materials for the group.

Delaware Tech offers pediatric first aid course March 12&14; April 9&11
Parents, teachers, and day care providers can increase their caregiving and safety skills with a course in pediatric first aid at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Pediatric First Aid covers managing pediatric emergencies including convulsions, burns, poisoning, drowning, fractures, sprains, bleeding, and insect bites. Special emphasis on rescue breathing/choking. The course is approved by the Office of Child Care Licensing for a three-year course completion certificate. Two-session courses meet March 12 & 14 or April 9 & 11, 6-9 p.m. The cost is $30. For information and/or to register, call Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

NMHS Celebrates Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 11-17
Normally, you are not even aware of your breathing. But then you begin experiencing shortness of breath with activities that you normally could perform without any problem breathing. You may have begun to get more colds over the last couple years. You know you do not really exercise and always knew you should. Maybe you have had more sputum and more chest tightness in the last year. All these symptoms could mean that you are suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Emphysema and bronchitis are a slow long process in developing. These diseases actually began long ago but may be just starting to cause you symptoms. March 11-17 is National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. The theme for this week is "Breathing for the Future." Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an outpatient program available at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The program consists of monitored exercise and education. When an individual does something that makes them short of breath, they quit doing it. Exercise helps with shortness of breath by increasing endurance to enable someone to walk farther, do more, and stay in control of their breathing. Education is taught on a variety of topics, such as, how to breathe, how the lungs work, how to use an inhaler, the effects of the disease and medications. If you feel you or your loved one may benefit from such a program and want to ensure breathing for the future, please talk to your physician or call, 629-6611, ext. 2636. When one cannot breathe, nothing else matters.

Red Cross offers course March 26
The American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula will be offering courses designed to help keep families safer. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Red Cross Southern Delaware Office, 1-800-777-6620. A First Aid Basics Course will be held Monday, March 26, from 5-9 p.m., at St. John's Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford. Fee $25.