Health Notes


July 24, 2005

Health Department offers free materials on quitting smoking

The county Health Department is offering materials to help smokers kick the habit.

"Xtreme Quitting" is aimed at young men who want to stop smoking. The booklet sets the program as an extreme sports adventure, using three plans: The Sky Dive, The Cliff Hanger and The Flip. The program can be obtained by calling 410-222- 7979, or online at www.aa

Stop-smoking materials for Korean-speaking residents can be obtained by calling Jung Ja Beckwith, the department's Korean coordinator of special programs, at 410-222-4415.

Water quality results on Web, by phone

Water-sampling results from 101 county beaches are available online and by phone through Labor Day. Go to www.aahealth. org, or call 410-222-7999.

The Web site and phone line also announce emergency closings of beaches and waterways.

During such times, the areas are closed to recreational uses such as swimming and other water sports.

Free health screenings, panels at Arundel Mills

Baltimore Washington Medical Center, formerly North Arundel Hospital, is offering free screenings and discussions at its Arundel Mills storefront:

Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings. 410-553-8129.

Medical center offers free screenings, exhibits

Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering free screenings and exhibits in the main lobby:

Tomorrow, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center will hold a motherhood seminar for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Reservations. 410-626-8982.

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., osteoporosis screening, Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, third floor. Reservations. 410-787-4367.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital has urgent need for blood donations

Anne Arundel Medical Center is urgently seeking blood donations. Although some hospitals purchase blood or use donations from the Red Cross, AAMC depends solely on donations made at the hospital.

The hospital's blood bank is open for donations from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday; 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday; and 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Any healthy adult between the ages of 17 and 70 who weighs at least 110 pounds is eligible to donate.

Appointments: 443-481-4215.

Hospital offers program on joint replacement

Specialists from Advanced Orthopedics at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a Joint School to provide participants with a free opportunity to learn about total joint replacement therapy.

The program is offered at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Courtney Conference Center on the lower level of the Tate Center at North Arundel Hospital.

The program explains joint replacement surgery and gives those who are contemplating such surgery an opportunity to ask questions and receive information on what to expect.

Reservations are required. 410-553-8282.


Health insurance for children:

Income-eligible families can apply for prescriptions, hospital care, delivery services and prenatal and pediatric care through managed care organizations. Applications may be obtained by calling the county Health Department at 410-222-4792.

WIC Supplemental:

The WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program provides free food, such as milk, cheese, juice, eggs, cereal, beans and iron-fortified formula to help infants, children and pregnant women in need. To qualify for the program, you must meet income guidelines, have a need for the food and be a county resident. 410-222-6797.

Family planning services:

The county Health Department offers free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost gynecological exams, lab tests and low-cost birth control supplies. Call 410-222-7144 for an appointment at a health center near you.


County residents who need help with their alcohol or substance abuse problem can get help by calling Adult Addictions Services at 410-222-7428, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Methadone maintenance services for opiate-addicted adults are also available.

HIV/AIDS services:

Case management services are being offered by the county health department for county residents with HIV or AIDS. Information on the personal, free and confidential service may be obtained by calling 410-222-7108.

Mental health services:

Outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services are being offered by the county Health Department for 5-to-18-year-old children and their families who don't have private health insurance. For mental health services, call 410-222-6785; for substance abuse, call 410-222-6725, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Child car safety:

The county health department is offering a free newsletter, "Building Blocks," which advises child care workers and parents about car safety seats and other ways children can be kept healthy and safe. The newsletter may be obtained by calling the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979, or on the Web site at www.aahealth. org.

Support group:

A new support group for spouses and significant others of patients who have recently received a breast cancer diagnosis is being offered by Anne Arundel Medical Center on the second Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Breast Center Library in the Sajak Pavilion. 410-481-5318.

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Anne Arundel Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays at the Brooklyn Park library, 1 E. 11th Ave.

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