Health Notes


April 13, 2007

Wellness award applicants sought

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce and the Horizon Foundation are accepting applications for a second Workplace Wellness Award program, honoring Howard County employers for policies that help employees improve physical health, reduce stress, address emotional and family concerns and protect health and safety on the job.

"Many businesses undertake wellness programs in order to lower their insurance premiums," said Richard Krieg, president and chief executive officer of the Horizon Foundation, the largest philanthropy in Howard County with assets exceeding $90 million; the foundation's mission is to improve community health, Krieg said.

The foundation will award two $2,500 prizes to businesses with top-rated health and wellness programs in two divisions: those with 26 or more employees and those with 25 or fewer.

Applications, due Aug. 30, are available online at

Healthy Kids Day tomorrow at YMCA

More than 5,000 children and families are expected to visit eight locations in Central Maryland tomorrow for the Y's 16th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day, an event designed to encourage children and adults to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The Howard County Family Branch will offer a Moon Bounce; inflatable obstacle course; soccer shot game and basketball shoot game; baseball pitch game; a martial arts demonstration; performances by Kangaroo Kids and a balloon artist; face-painting; and a family fair with information and representatives from human services organizations.

The fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-465-4334.


Health talk -- The Association of Community Services will sponsor a discussion on health care in Howard County from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Presenters are to include Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, Howard County's new health officer; David Shippee, chief executive officer of Chase Brexton Health Services; and David M. Portesi, director of health policy and planning for the Howard County Health Department. Several health coalitions have been invited to exhibit. Admission is free. Those who attend can take a lunch or order one for $7 by Monday ( The fee is payable at the door. 410-796-7824.

Medicare workshop -- The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will present a workshop, "Why Medicare Isn't Enough," focused on the gaps in Medicare coverage, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7391.

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