Health notes

April 23, 2008

Genetic counseling for cancer risk

Anne Arundel Medical Center has begun offering genetic counseling services to patients with an elevated risk of cancer.

This service, available through AAMC's affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, will help patients evaluate their potential risk of cancer.

During a preliminary assessment, patients detail their medical and family history, and in the process, construct a medical family tree. This is used to identify risk factors in the family that may signify hereditary risk. Genetic testing options, as well as the possible implications of those tests, are thoroughly reviewed with the patient. Such testing is often covered by insurance with preauthorization and can be coordinated at the end of the visit.

Information: 443-481-5301 or -5302 or www.aahs.org.

Store sponsors food awareness event

The Box `N' Save at 7931 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie will sponsor a "Good Food for Good Health Weekend" from Friday through Sunday.

The program, offered with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn To Live program, helps consumers select low-fat, high-fiber foods at the supermarket. Shoppers can visit nutrition booths staffed by health educators and take home bags containing free healthy recipes, brochures and a magnet.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

Medical center lists activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering the following activities:

Today, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screening at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Today, 6 p.m., University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness will offer a free weight-loss educational seminar. Registration required. 410-328-8940.

Tuesday, 7 p.m., lecture on improving your cardiovascular health. Registration required. 410-787-4367.

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