Anne Arundel County health briefs

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Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis offers services and programs for those living with cancer and for their relatives, including children. Walk-in hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free for cancer patients, caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas-Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or wellnesshouse@comcast.net.

Guide to school health

The Department of Health's website, http://www.aahealth.org offers information on school health services for the 2011-2012 school year. The page provides information on bullying, keeping kids smoke free, flu prevention and more. Other topics include treatment of head lice and communicable diseases.

Health report card

The county Department of Health announces its annual report card of community health indicators. The report highlights progress in lowering death rates for stroke, diabetes and breast cancer. County residents have met nationally set goals for getting screened for cholesterol levels, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Lung cancer and melanoma mortality rates were higher in Anne Arundel County than in Maryland as a whole. Information: aahealth.org or 410-222-7202.

Health email alerts

The county Department of Health has a community health email alert system to provide timely notices about department services and community health issues. Also, a recreational water quality e-mail alert system has been in effect since 2006. It alerts subscribers when a closure or advisory is issued for a county waterway. For information about both alert services, visit aahealth.org. Click on "sign-up" to receive health alerts or call the public information office at 410-222-4508.

Patient disability pamphlet

The county Commission on Disability Issues offers a pamphlet, "Doctors' Offices and Patients with Disabilities Working Together," that offers suggestions for doctors to make visits go more smoothly, including information on training staff, obtaining equipment for the disabled and accommodating service animals. To obtain a copy, contact the Americans With Disabilities Act office at 410-222-4464, ext. 3056; or http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on "Doctor's Office Brochure."

Prostate cancer brochure

The county Health Department's Learn to Live program offers a free brochure, "Don't Get Hit Below the Belt," with information on the risks of prostate cancer, prevention and the two most commonly used methods of screening. Information: 410-222-7979 or learntolivehealthy.org.

Calendar

Nutrition and exercise The Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer classes in nutrition and exercise discussing simple lifestyle changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. Classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 30, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 22, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 9 and Nov. 11, at the center, 300 Hospice Drive, Suite 119. Cost $25. Registration required. Information: 410-787-4940.

Vascular disease The Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a free informative discussion on vascular conditions that affect the circulatory system including peripheral artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms and carotid artery disease at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie and Sept. 28 at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Severna Park. All attendees will get a voucher for a free vascular screening. Information and registration: 410-787-4367.

Free flu vaccinations The Department of Health offers free flu shots and nasal-spray vaccines during weekly walk-in clinics or by appointment at the Glen Burnie and Parole health centers. The nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 to 49, but is not for pregnant women. The new high-dose flu shot for people 65 and older is also provided. Information: Glen Burnie center, 410-222-6633; Parole center, 410-222-7247; or aahealth.org.

Lunch and health seminars The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce healthcare and wellness committee has teamed up with ShopRite of Glen Burnie to offer free health seminars from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the ShopRite community meeting room, 6710 Ritchie Highway. Topics for discussion are: defeating diabetes, breakthroughs in breast cancer, sun protection, Alzheimer's awareness, fighting cancer with a fork, and high and low glycemic foods. ShopRite's corporate dietitian, Natalie Menza, will coordinate all lunches. Registration required. Information: 410-766-8282 or visit http://www.naaccc.com.

Support groups

The Joslin Circle A diabetes support group discusses issues regarding diabetes management. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, Suite 223, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4940.

Man-to-Man prostate cancer Offers information about diagnosis, treatment and management. The group meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in the Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367.

Stroke Meets to discuss stroke recovery and prevention from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4457.

Caregivers Provides information, respite and support to people who give care to family and friends. The group meets 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month except July and August at the Heritage Office Complex in the Department of Aging and Disabilities office, fourth floor, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Diabetes For diabetics and their families, the group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4940.

Joint School A free session on the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip- and knee-replacement surgery will be held at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every other month Sept. 21 and Nov. 16 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information and reservations: 410-553-8282.

Mental health For community members and families seeking information on psychiatric issues meets 6:30 p.m. September 28 in Room A, 2nd floor, of the partial hospitalization program, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-553-8070.

Bereavement support

•Suicide support group for those 18 and older meets monthly on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Life Center, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis.

•"Stepping Stones," a support group for children ages 8-13 who are grieving the loss of a loved one, meets from 10 a.m. to noon monthly on Saturdays at the Life Center. Registration is required for all groups. Information: 410-987-2129.

Screenings

•The county Health Department provides free breast exams, mammograms, pap tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180.

•Colorectal screenings and informational kits are available through the county Health Department's Learn to Live program. Screenings are free to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income-eligible. To order a free kit: Learn to Live Line, 410-222-6640 or learntolivehealthy.org.

The department of health provides vision and hearing screenings for children in preschool, kindergarten, first and eighth grades. Screenings will be held at the following schools and programs:

•Gambrills Day School, Joy in Learning, Glen Burnie, Aug. 24.

•Edinboro Early School, Aug 25 and 26.

•Children's World Learning Center-NSA, Childtime, Hannah More School, Aug. 29.

•Little VIP Learn Center, Aug. 30.

•Creative Garden Learning Center, Glen Burnie, Aug. 30 and 31.

For additional information contact Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor, 410-222-6838.

Continuing services

The county Health Department offers:

•Children's immunization shots at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Information: 410-222-4896 or the community health section at http://www.aahealth.org/immunizations.

•Back-to-school immunizations are available at area health centers. Information: 410-222-4896 or visit http://www.aahealth.org/immunizations.

•Family planning services with free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams, lab tests and low-cost birth control supplies to women younger than 25. For an appointment: 410-222-7144.

•Free healthy pregnancy and baby care kits are available from the Anne Arundel Healthy Babies Coalition. The kits contain useful information for pregnant women, parents, grandparents and caregivers of children from newborn to 5 years old. Information: http://www.aahealthybabies.org. or call 410-222-7223. For information about car seats and a list of inspection locations, call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats: 800-370-7328. To take the online "Taking Care of a Baby" class, which includes information on safe sleeping and how to calm a crying baby, go to aahealthybabies.org.

•Free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals are available through the WIC supplemental nutrition program. County residents must meet income guidelines to qualify. Information: 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).

•Free quit-smoking classes and kits for county residents 18 and older. Information: Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or learntolivehealthy.org.

•Free confidential testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS. Call for an appointment: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.

•Substance abuse treatment services through Community Treatment Services. Information: 410-222-0117. Methadone and suboxone maintenance services through the Health Department's adult addictions clinic: 410-222-0100.

•Education and outreach programs for adolescents and parents. Topics for discussion include benefits of abstinence, responsible decision-making, pregnancy prevention and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Information: Healthy Teens and Young Adults, 410-222-4468.

•The REACH health care program offers low-cost doctor visits, checkups, prescription medicine, lab work and tests, radiology services and dental services to uninsured county residents. Information: 410-222-4531. The prescription discount program is available to county residents of any age and income. Information: http://www.scriptsave.com and log in using Group #586.

•Comprehensive medical coverage to income-eligible families, children and pregnant women through managed-care organizations through the Medical Assistance for Families/MCHP program. Applications: 410-222-4792.

•Maryland birth certificates. Information: http://www.aahealth.org or 410-222-4462.

•Behavioral health services for children ages five to 18 and their families. For mental health services and referrals: 410-222-6785. For substance abuse services: 410-222-6725 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

•The county Health Department offers Lyme disease information and prevention tips are available at http://www.aahealth.org or by calling 410-222-7256. Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose because there may be no symptoms, or symptoms that may mimic other diseases. In 2010, Anne Arundel County had 114 cases, and in 2009, 194 cases.

•The Learn to Live program offers a free archive of more than 650 recipes low in saturated and trans fats and high in fiber. Many are suited for diabetic, meatless and low-sodium diets. Visit learntolivehealthy.org, click on "Healthy Recipes Search" under "Food And Fitness."

•Learn how to avoid heat-related illnesses with tips from the County Health Department at http://www.aahealth.org.

•The Learn to Live program offers Sun Smart kits to protect the skin year-round. The kit contains a guidebook with tips for selecting and applying sunscreen and information on skin cancer detection. To order a kit, call the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visit http://www.learntolivehealthy.org.

•A free booklet, "Don't Let Us Get Hooked on Tobacco," is available to parents who want to dissuade children and teens from smoking. The booklet is sponsored by the Learn to Live program and can be ordered or downloaded online at http://www.learntolivehealthy.org. Information: 410-222-7979.

•The Prescription Discount Program is available to all county residents of any age and income. Information: 410-222-4531 or visit http://www.scriptsave.com and log in using Group #586.

•The county Health Department's recreational water quality email alert system, provides subscribers with information on recreational waterway closures and advisories in the county. To sign up for this free service, go to http://www.aahealth.org/recwateralert.

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