Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

August 14, 2005

Residents eligible for prescription discount program

The county Health Department has announced that it is offering a prescription discount program to all county residents.

There are no age or income restrictions, and the program has no enrollment fee or monthly charge. Participants in the program receive a discount card, which provides savings averaging 21 percent and as high as 50 percent on prescriptions. The card, provided through ScriptSave, can be used at participating area pharmacies or mail-order services.

The program covers generic and brand-name medicines, vision exams, eyewear and contacts, diabetic and respiratory supplies, hearing exams and supplies, and home medical equipment and supplies.

Residents can apply for the program by calling ScriptSave at 800-700-3957, and mentioning group No. 586. Or go to the Web site at www.scriptsave.com, and log on with No. 586.

Information: www.aa health.org.

Health screenings offered at Arundel Mills

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer these screenings and activities at its Arundel Mills storefront, between Jillian's and Entrance 4:

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., county Department of Aging offers information on its services.

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings only.

Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings, and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Aug. 26, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Materials available to help smokers kick the habit

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 health.org/contactfree.asp.

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 available on Web, by phone

Water-sampling results from 101 county beaches are available online and by phone through Labor Day at www.aahealth.org and 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.

Harbor Hospital plans health discussions

Harbor Hospital is offering the following activities:

Tuesday, 11 a.m., LifeResources Center Auditorium, discussion on sleep problems; includes free lunch and showing of the film The Aviator.

Aug. 23, 5:30 p.m., LifeResources Center Auditorium, discussion on joint problems. Bring current X-rays, if available. If none are available, a free X-ray will be taken. A light dinner will be served. Space is limited.

Aug. 26, 11 a.m., LifeResources Center Auditorium, seminar on smoking and lung cancer. Activities will include a picnic, trivia game, prizes and a screening of the movie Meet the Fockers.

Registration for all activities is required. 410-350-8255.

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.

Calendar

Bereavement retreat:

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center will offer a Wabanaki Bereavement Retreat beginning a 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and ending at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville. The retreat will have sessions for those who have lost a loved one as a result of a homicide, suicide or vehicle accident. There is no charge for survivors of a victim of a violent crime. For others, the fee for the retreat, which includes lodging and meals, is $125. 410-987-2129.

Women's health:

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