Health Notes

August 15, 2007

1,000 people sought for survey on health

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is asking more than 1,000 residents to participate in a telephone survey in this month and next month about their health.

On Monday, Holleran Consulting, a firm that has managed nationwide health-care research, started making phone calls to ask about habits such as smoking, exercise and nutrition. The behavioral risk factor survey also measures chronic diseases such as diabetes, preventive health screenings and access to health care and health insurance.

The survey takes 12 to 15 minutes, and individual information gathered will be kept confidential. "Holleran Consulting" will appear on the caller ID with a 717 area code. The respondents will be a random sample of the county population.

The Health Department repeats the behavioral risk factor survey every three years, then uses the results to compare county health trends to statistics for Maryland and the United States. The survey also helps the department to assess community health needs and target its services.

For more information about the study, call 410-222-7002. Results from the 2004 and 2001 surveys are available at www.aahealth.org by clicking on "Health Statistics."

Health Department offers wellness kits

The Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health is offering kits to help residents reach their wellness goals, including losing weight, quitting smoking and preventing cancer.

The kits provide easy-to-use information on different health topics, as well as local health resources. Among them:

Colorectal Cancer Kit: Tips for preventing, detecting and treating colorectal cancer.

Family Fitness Challenge Kit: Family program to encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity.

Fifty-Plus Health Kit: Helps people age 50 or older take charge of their health.

Healthy Eating Kit: Healthy eating advice plus tasty recipes.

I Quit: Online, interactive stop-smoking program for teens. Go to www.smoking stinks-aaco.org, then I Quit.

Lighten Up Kit: Tips on healthy eating, getting active and losing weight.

Power to Quit Smoking Kit: Stop-smoking guide for African Americans.

Quit-Smoking Kit: Includes Change of Habit, a step-by-step guide for quitting for adults.

Safe-in-the-Sun Kit: Advice on protecting skin from sun damage and skin cancer.

Smoke-Free Kids Activity Kit: Helps parents talk to their kids about the dangers of tobacco.

Tobacco Sales Compliance Kit: Training and display materials for merchants who want to avoid illegal tobacco sales to minors.

Women's Health Kit: Guidelines to help women stay healthy.

Xtreme Quitting Kit: Stop-smoking program for young men or anyone who likes extreme sports. Information: www.aahealth. org.

Free immunization offered to children

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is offering free immunizations for county children by appointment and at scheduled walk-in clinics.

Parents must show proof that their children have received all primary immunizations before attending school.

The following walk-in clinics are available this month:

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St: Mondays and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 410-222-7247.

Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road: Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 410-222-6660.

Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St., S.W.: Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. 410-222-6633. Required school vaccines, including diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP/Dtap), polio, hepatitis B, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), haemophilus-influenza (Hib) and varicella (chickenpox), are available at Department of Health clinics.

The immunizations are free, though a donation of $10 is appreciated. Parents must bring a copy of their child's current immunization record to the clinic.

Information: 410-222-4896 or www.aahealth.org.

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