Health
Thursday, January 6th, 2000
Tickets on Sale for NHS Auxiliary's Winter Gala
The Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will hold its 40th annual Winter Gala, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. The event entitled "Affair to Remember" is being co-chaired by Wendy Karnish and Pat Olekszyk.
The evening will consist of cocktails at 6 p.m., a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dance music "The Convertibles" from 8 p.m. till midnight. Black tie is optional. The cost is $50 per person.
Other committee members include: Joan Policastro and Lois Ewing, publicity; Joyce Mackler and Judi Thoroughgood, decorations; Barbara Hancock and Dot Dixon, tickets; and Nancy Brown and Jo Kugler, reservations.
Tickets for the event are now on sale and available for purchase from Act II Florist in Seaford and O'Neals Jewelry Store in Laurel. For additional information contact Nanticoke's Volunteer Office at 629-6611, ext. 2301.

Doctors join in opposition to physician assisted suicide
Delaware's delegation to the American Medical Association joined fellow delegates at the AMA's Interim meeting in mid-December to continue to support the Pain Relief Promotion Act (H.R. 2260), which would prevent the use of controlled substances in physician-assisted suicide while allowing physicians to aggressively treat pain. The AMA also voted to work with state and national specialty societies to improve part of the bill which was passed by the House of Representatives in October 1999. The AMA reaffirmed its opposition to the criminalization of medical judgment and voted to oppose any future legislation which gives the federal government the responsibility to define appropriate practice and regulate such practice through the use of criminal penalties.
The Medical Society of Delaware and the AMA oppose physician assisted suicide as it is antithetical to the role of the physician as healer, and are committed to providing compassionate and clinically appropriate end-of-life care.

Make a Y2K Resolution
New fitness session began Jan. 3rd and 4th (It's not too late to join us!) Sessions are held Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m., (childcare); Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at St. John's United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Seaford. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Co-ed, non-competitive, stress reducing, high/low aerobic and toning class. Try a free one! Call A.F.A.A. certified instructor, Carol Lynch, 629-7539 for more information or to register.

Body and Soul Jan. 10
Do something wonderful for yourself in the new millennium! Get in shape with great aerobic exercise and total body conditioning to upbeat contemporary Christian music.
Body & Soul Christian Aerobics and Strength Training will begin its 10-week winter session "Build My World Around Love" on Monday, Jan. 10. Evening classes are offered Monday and Thursday evenings, 7-8 p.m., Morning classes are offered Tuesday & Friday, 8:45 -9:45 a.m. All classes are held at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church, Seaford.
For more information call ACE Certified instructors Connie Halter (628-0554) or Jimalee Humpton (337-7815). Feel great in the year 2000!

NHS Auxiliary meeting
The Jan. 12 meeting of the Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will be held at the Seaford Country Club. The regular meeting will be at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon.
The Annual Meeting will be at 1 p.m. with the Installation of Officers and the presentation of the Auxiliary annual gift to the hospital. Cost for lunch is $13.50 Reservations are a must.
Free Testing at the Center
The SHARP Center, located at 107 B. South Street, Rehoboth, Del., is an HIV/AIDS resource center available to the community and those affected by HIV/AIDS. The center houses more than 400 book titles, 40 videos, pamphlets and brochures, and hosts an internet accessible work station.
The SHARP Center also offers client advocacy, educational workshops and outreach, and free HIV testing.
The center is a not-for-profit organization supported by donations and the Delaware HIV Consortium.

Free HIV Testing
In addition to the Sussex County AIDS Committee providing free and anonymous testing every Thursday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., the SHARP Center offers free and anonymous testing by appointment five days a week.
The SHARP Center uses the OraSure HIV test which is an oral test that requires no blood to be drawn. For more information, please contact Jeanne at (302) 644-1094.

Free Internet Access Training, Jan. 11
On the second Tuesday of each month there will be an internet training session held at the SHARP Center. Karene Jules-Chester, from the Delaware Academy of Medicine, will offer training from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 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, Jan. 11. For more information, please contact Jeanne at (302) 644-1094.
AIDS 101 Class, Jan. 10
An AIDS 101 class will be offered the second Monday of the odd numbered months beginning at 7 p.m. AIDS 101 is a free, two-hour course focused on the transmission and prevention of HIV and offered to anyone interested in HIV/AIDS education. The next class will be held Jan. 10. For more information, please call (302) 644-1094 to register.
Free Legal Clinic, Jan. 22
A free walk-in legal clinic sponsored by the SHARP Center will be held on Jan. 22, from 10 am.-1 p.m. at the Sussex County AIDS Committee Office. Volunteer attorneys will be available to clients of SCAC, the SHARP Center, and the community at large for executing simple wills and powers of attorney, having wills pursuant to Delaware law and for general questions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, and to guarantee an appointment, please contact Jeanne at (302) 644-1094.
Free Newsletter Available
The SHARP Center is now offering a free subscription to "Get Sharp" a newsletter focused on HIV/AIDS and other health issues. This bi-monthly newsletter includes a list of the free upcoming workshops offered by the SHARP Center, Ask Sharp an anonymous question and answer column, and the latest information concerning HIV/AIDS and other related topics. To begin receiving your free subscription, call (302) 644-1094.

Rose Day event
The Twelfth Annual Rose Day in December raised more than $20,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, Delaware Chapter. Many companies and people throughout the state supported the event as 2,000 dozen roses were sold.
"The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to support research to find a cure for arthritis and to help those affected live more comfortably," said Judy Cherry, chairman of the Delaware Chapter. "Events like the Rose Day event help us further support that mission as we further educate affected people and the general population about arthritis and related diseases."
For more information about arthritis, the foundation or the Rose Day event, contact the chapter at 1-800-292-9599.