Health Notes

January 16, 2008

Program to offer colorectal screening

A new program from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health is providing free colorectal cancer screenings to eligible residents.

To qualify for the LifeScreen program, residents must be ages 50 to 64, have no medical insurance and meet income requirements.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Anne Arundel County, behind lung cancer.

Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org.

Free flu shots planned this month

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free flu immunizations at Westfield Annapolis mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 31.

Department nurses will give the vaccinations in the new West Atrium between Macy's and Lord & Taylor department stores.

Immunizations are free, but donations of $20 are appreciated. Medicare Part B will cover the donation; individuals must bring their Medicare cards.

Information: www.aahealth.org or 410-222-7343.

Bereavement center begins new sessions

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center is starting three six-week bereavement support groups next week.

A widow/widower bereavement group will meet Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23 through Feb. 27.

The Stepping Stones bereavement group for children ages 6 to 17 will meet Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Jan. 23 through Feb. 27. At the same time, parents or guardians will attend separate sessions to learn how to assist the child through bereavement.

These groups will meet at Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis.

The registration deadline for both groups is Friday.

An adult bereavement support group will be offered in partnership with Baltimore Washington Medical Center on Thursdays from Jan. 24 through Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at BWMC, 301 Hospital Drive, second-floor PHP Suite, Glen Burnie.

The registration deadline is Monday.

The registration fee is $60, except for families whose loved one was cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Information: 410-987-2129.

Help is offered to stop smoking

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has partnered with local hospitals and health centers to provide smoking cessation classes to adults who live, work or attend school in the county. Pre-registration is required. Contact the following providers for more information:

Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Sajak Pavilion, Annapolis. Various classes offered, 443-481-4000 or 1-800-MD-NURSE.

Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Eight weeks of free classes for age 18 and older, 410-553-8129.

Harbor Hospital LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., Baltimore. Six weeks of free classes for age 18 and older, 410-350-8255.

Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Road, West River. Eight weeks of free classes for age 18 and older, 410-867-4700.

Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org.

Hospital activities include screening

Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie is offering the following activities this month:

Today, 4 p.m., Joint School, a free session of preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement. Reservations required. 410-553-8282.

Today, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Joslin Circle, a diabetes support group, meets to discuss living with diabetes, Room 223, Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive. 410-787-4940.

Jan. 23, 6 p.m., University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and wellness provides a free weight-loss seminar. Registration. 410-328-8940.

Jan. 29, 7 p.m., lecture on "Understanding Congestive Heart Failure" will be offered along with light refreshments. Registration requested. 410-787-4367.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Healthy Kids Kit can show right way

The new Healthy Kids Kit from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health Learn to Live program can help keep adults aware of how advertising influences children.

The kit contains a fact sheet, "Let's Talk About ... " that provides tips for monitoring children's exposure to unhealthful messages on the Internet, TV and other media. Also included are materials to help families make healthy choices: a brochure about the dangers of secondhand cigarette smoke, a tip sheet with healthy snacks and an activity coloring book.

Information: 410-222-7979 or ww.aahealth.org.

Outreach center offers programs

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following services and activities this month at its outreach center at Arundel Mills mall, between Dave and Buster's and Entrance 4:

Friday, the center and the mall will celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Mills Milers Walkers Program in the Food Court. Refreshments will be served.

Jan. 24, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., free foot screenings.

Jan. 25, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367

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