Health Notes

November 14, 2007

Funding available for septic upgrade

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is funding nitrogen-reducing units for septic systems through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, which is supported by a state grant.

Applications are available on the department's Web site at www.aahealth.org or by calling 410-222-7193.

Nitrogen-reducing pretreatment units are designed to decrease nitrogen in wastewater and extend the life of a septic system. Reducing excess nitrogen from septic systems helps protect against algal blooms, low oxygen and fish kills.

Septic systems in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, the land within 1,000 feet of the bay and its tributaries, receive priority for grants.

The BRF helps fund the unit and its installation, county application and permit fees and a five-year service contract. The BRF does not cover costs to repair or replace a septic system; however, the department has a program to help income-eligible residents repair or replace a failed septic system.

Information: www.aahealth.org or 410-222-7193.

Make the holiday safe for eating

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers the following safety tips to cooks as they prepare seasonal foods:

At the grocery store, purchase cold foods like meat and poultry last. Get them home quickly and put them in the refrigerator. Freeze meats if not cooking them within two days.

Make sure to wash hands and surfaces with warm, soapy water before and after handling food or eating. Wash fresh produce thoroughly.

To cook meat safely, use a food thermometer and follow temperature guidelines.

Don't leave food at room temperature for more than two hours.

Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator, under cold running water or in the microwave. Cook immediately after thawing, if using water or the microwave.

Divide leftovers into shallow containers for rapid cooling. Put food directly in the refrigerator or freezer.

Cut turkey off the bone and refrigerate stuffing and turkey separately.

Use cooked leftovers within four days, reheating them thoroughly to 165 degrees or above. Reheating smaller portions of a large cut of meat or poultry ensures a more uniform reheat.

Information: the Housing and Food Protection Program at 410-222-7239 or www.aahealth.org.

Ceremony lights way for remembering

The Hospice of the Chesapeake Auxiliary is hosting its annual Tree of Lights ceremony at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane in Linthicum.

This ceremony is an occasion during the holiday season to remember the loss of loved ones. It will begin with the lighting of the Tree of Lights followed by meditation and music.

For a contribution of $25, participants will receive an ornament hand-painted with the name of a loved one. In addition, a dove bearing that person's name will be placed on a memory wall.

All proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center.

To order an ornament and dove, call Bev Coakley at 410-793-0342 or Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center at 410-987-2129.

Harbor Hospital has full schedule

Harbor Hospital will be offering the following services and activities:

Today 5:30 p.m., discussion on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, LifeResource Center 2990 S. Hanover St. Dinner will be served. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Tomorrow, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., free prostate cancer screening, LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., flu shot clinic, LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Cost: $15 for general public and $12 for Harbor Hikers and Marley Milers. Medicare Part B recipients are free, but please bring your Medicare card. Appointment required. 410-350-2563

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., flu shot clinic, LifeResource Center 2990 S. Hanover St. Cost: $15 for general public and $12 for Harbor Hikers and Marley Milers. Medicare Part B recipients are free, but please bring your Medicare card. Appointment required. 410-350-2563

Tuesday, 5:45 p.m., "Latest Techniques in Knee Replacements," Ecker Business Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Free weight-bearing X-rays will be provided for the first 20 callers. Dinner will be served. Registration required. 410-350-2563.

Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., osteoarthritis, discussion on symptoms and treatment for this form of arthritis. Dinner will be served. Ecker Business Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Online option at imaging center

Anne Arundel Diagnostics, the radiology and diagnostic imaging provider of Anne Arundel Health System Inc., allows patients to make requests for appointments online at its new Web site, www.AnneArundelDiagnostics.com.

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