The Department of Health's alcohol and drug abuse prevention and education services have been awarded a Maryland grant of $31,132, which will aid in programs to reduce underage drinking. Grant target areas are
The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology will discuss simple nutrition and exercise changes to achieve weight loss,
Summer health, safety tips
The Health Department offers summer safety tips and health information by visiting the "Hot Topics" section of its website, aahealth.org. The site features tips for hot weather, food safety, sun and water safety, and recreational water quality or visit the Health Department on Facebook.
The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers sun-smart kits to county residents. The kit contains a guidebook, ideas for sun accessories and information about
The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health has a new healthful eating kit that features a free cookbook and tips that will help you select foods high in fiber and low in fat and sodium. Recipes are also quick, easy and economical. Information: LearnToLiveHealthy.org. or 410-222-7979.
Health report card
The Department of Health has announced its annual report card of community health indicators. The report highlights progress in lowering
Health email alerts
The 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 email 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 the alert services, call 410-222-4508.
Lung cancer The group provides ongoing emotional support and information to patients and families coping with a diagnosis of
Breast cancer A support group for patients, families and caregivers. The program will be lead by a licensed counselor and a registered nurse. The group will meet the third Tuesday of every month at Kent Island, Anne Arundel Diagnostics, lobby, Chester. Information: contact the DeCesaris Patient and Family support program 1-800-966-2619. Register online at AAMCevents.com.
Trauma recovery The group focuses on empowerment, learning new skills for managing the effects of trauma and building healthy relationships. Anne Arundel Medical Center's in-house Abuse and Domestic Violence Program has professional trained staff. The group meets 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday at the Doordan Institute, AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, seventh floor, Annapolis. Information: 443-481-1209.
The Joslin Circle A diabetes support group discusses issues regarding management of the disease. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, Suite 223,
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 at the Heritage Office Complex in the Department of Aging and Disabilities office, fourth floor, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis.
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 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information and reservations: 410-553-8282.
Suicide support group For ages 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. Registration is required. Information: 410-987-2129.
'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, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis. Registration is required. Information: 410-987-2129.
The Department of Health offers vision and hearing screenings for children in pre-school, kindergarten, first and eighth grade, and for students new to Anne Arundel county schools. Children in the following schools will be screened this month:
•Noah's Ark Day Care, Monday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 28
•St. Margaret's Day School, Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Wednesday, Aug. 29
•Gambrills Day School, Wednesday, Aug. 29
•Joy in Learning Glen Burnie, Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 30
•Joy in Learning Marley, Thursday, Aug. 30
•Childtime Child Care, Friday, Aug. 31.
For additional information, call Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor at 410-222-6838.
•Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Anne Arundel County after lung cancer. Screenings and informational kits are available through the Health Department's Learn to Live program. To order a free kit, call the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or visit LearnToLiveHealthy.org. Also, the Department of Health's LifeScreen program offers free colorectal cancer screening to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income eligible. Information: 410-222-6640.
•The Department of Health offers free, confidential testing and counseling for
•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 or visit LearnToLiveHealthy.org.
The county Health Department offers:
•The Administration Care Coordination Unit, which provides services to clients who are enrolled in or may be eligible for medical assistance and HealthChoice to help them gain access to health care. Information: 410-222-7541 or 410-222-4380.
•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 aahealth.org/immunizations.
•Family planning services with free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams,
•Free pregnancy and breastfeeding information is featured in the baby-care kits or to take the free online "Taking Care of a Baby" and Home Safety" classes, go to aahealthybabies.org. The Anne Arundel Healthy Babies Coalition also offers tips on calming a crying baby. The kits contain information on having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Information: 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.
•Substance abuse treatment services through Community Treatment Services. Information: 410-222-0120.
•Education and outreach programs for adolescents and parents. Topics for discussion include benefits of abstinence, responsible decision-making, pregnancy prevention and prevention of
•The REACH health care program offers low-cost doctor visits, checkups,
•Comprehensive medical coverage to income-eligible families, children and pregnant women through managed-care organizations via the Medical Assistance for Families/MCHP program. Applications: 410-222-4792.
•Maryland birth certificates. Information: aahealth.org or 410-222-4462.
•Behavioral health services for children ages 5 to 18 and their families. For mental health services and referrals: 410-222-6785. For substance-abuse services: 410-222-6725.
•The WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals to pregnant, breast-feeding and postpartum women and children up to age 5. To qualify, call 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).
•The Learn to Live program has more than 650 free recipes low in saturated and trans fats and high in fiber. Many are suited for diabetic, meatless and low-sodium diets. Visit LearnToLiveHealthy.org and click on "Recipe Search" under "Food And Fitness."
•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 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.
•The Learn to Live Healthy program offers an annual newsletter for child care providers and parents. The newsletter includes healthy eating tips, advice on when to keep ill children home, facts on
The Department of Health offers the following mental health services for children and adults:
•Adolescent and family services, call 410-222-6785
•Addictions treatment, 410-222-6725
•Prevention and education services to prevent violent behavior and alcohol and drug abuse in young people, 410-222-6724.
•Mental health and substance abuse treatment is available to veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Information: 410-222-0117.