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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 17 - October 23, 1997 - 39 "Let's Talk Month" encourages teen pregnancy prevention strategies By official proclamation, Gov. Thomas R. Carper has declared October "Let's Talk Month" (National Family Sexuality Edu- cation Month) in Delaware. To celebrate, the Alliance for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (AAPP), a member of the Chris- tiana Care family of health ser- vices, is urging parent groups, youth organizations, clergy, med- ical professionals and community leaders to actively support parents in their efforts to give children accurate and age-appropriate information about sexuality. According to director Sandi Shelnutt, "Parents and primary caregivers have an enormous influence over the sexual attitudes and behavior of children. The AAPP can help by providing age- appropriate information and use- ful tips on how to initiate discus- sions about sexuality and preg- nancy prevention with our young people." Callers can dial the AAPP hot- line at 800-499-WAIT for more information and referrals to avail- able services. Child development experts sug- gest that parents seek out and initi- ate conversations with their chii- ence over  sexual and beha g:ildrem " dren about sex. Parents should be honest, pro- vide accurate information, and share their own beliefs, concerns and values. When parents listen, children can learn to trust and rely on them t'or help and advice, even when they're in trouble. Parents can teach their children how to make good decisions and support their efforts to stick by them. For more ideas and information about how families and communi- ties can celebrate "Let's Talk Month," contact the AAPP at 800- 499-WAIT. The AAPP is a program of the Eugene duPont Preventive Medi- cine and Rehabilitation Institute, a member of the Christiana Care Health System, and the Delaware Health and Social Services Divi- sion of Public Health, sponsored by Gov. Carper and the Family Services Council. The AAPP offers information, programs and resources to parents and community groups to prevent adolescent pregnancy in Delaware. "Let's Talk Month" was started by the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina in 1986. Since then, states all across the country have designated the month of October as a time to build family and community part- nerships to help young people develop responsible and positive attitudes about sexuality. Briefl, e Pharmacists offer "brown bag" medicine review A "brown bag" medicine review will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, in conjunction with National Pharmacy Week, Oct. 19 to Oct. 25. Pharmacists from the Delaware Pharmacists Society have asked the public to bring in their medicines - both prescription and nonprescription - for a check up. Pharmacists will be checking to ensure that each person is not using or storing expired medica- tion and is not taking medications that, when taken together, could cause unwarranted side effects. Pharmacists will also be available for personal consultations. All Edgehill, Happy Harry's and Walmart pharmacies in the state will participate, as will the Eckerd Drug locations in the Rehoboth Mall and in the Mid Sussex Shopping Center in Mills- boro. Pediatric first aid to be taught in English/Spanish A course in pediatric first aid is being offered for the first time in Spanish as well as English at Delaware Tech's Owens Campus. The course is designed for child-care staff and approved by the Office of Child Care Licens- ing for a three-year course-com- pletion certificate. Teachers and parents with small children could benefit as well. Instructors in both languages are registered nurses; during the course they will focus on manag- ing pediatric emergencies, such as insect bites, convulsions, burns, poisoning, drowning, fractures, sprains, and bleeding. Special emphasis will be given to rescue breathing andchoking. The Spanish class meets Mon- day and Wednesday, Oct. 20 and 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. English class- es meet on Monday and Wednes- day, Oct. 13 and 15 or Nov. 10and 12. The fee is $25. For more information or to reg- ister, call 856-5400, Ext. 226. Free flu shots offered by MDA The Muscular Dystrophy Asso- ciation (MDA) is offering free flu shots to people affected by any of the 40 neuromuscular disorders covered by its program. Influenza is particularly hazardous for the more than one million Americans living with muscle-wasting dis- eases, including muscular dis- eases, including muscular dystro- phy, myasthenia gravis and+ amy- otrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). MDA has provided free flu shots to people with neuromuscular diseases for decades as part of its comprehen- sive program of health services. Its 230 clinics nationwide helped thousands of Americans with this simple, potentially lifesaving measure last year. For more infor- mation, call your local MDA office or 1-800-572-1717. Chemically Dependent Anonymous (CDA) group meets each Monday and Friday, 8 to 9 p.m., Beebe Medical Center's cafeteria. A CDA group also meets at Dry Dock in Angola at 8 p.m. on Fridays. Alcoholic Anonymous meets in Beebe Medical Center's cafete- ria, 8 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Alcoholics Anonymous also meets in Beebe Medical Center's second floor edu- cation classroom, 10 a.m., Tuesdays. Alateen meets Sundays at 8 p.m. in the physicians' dining room at Beebe Medical Center. Alanon meets in Beebe Medical Center's Medical Center's Library at 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Please call 645-3311 for more substance abuse group information. Overeaters Anonymous - Milford Memorial Hospital's Overeaters Anonymous Support Group will meet every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the hospital's Regional Rehabilitation Center's first floor classroom. The program is free. For more information, call 422-8251. Co-dependents Anonymous - Milford Memorial Hospital's Co- dependents Anonymous support group meets every Thursday from 8" 15 to 9:15 p.m. in the hospital's Regional Rehabilitation Center's classroom. The group is a fellowship of men and women whose common problem is an inability to maintain functional relationships. The program is free. For more information, call Lois at 422-0505. A New, Fully Equipped Fitness Center u@  New Equipment Locker Rooms JllllllL -  Showers 0 Easy Parking lll  lll  Courteous Staff 1 1 Bright and Spacious Excellent Rates We Specialize in Personal Fitness Training 107-109 Federal Street, Milton. 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