Health Briefs

July 05, 2009

Free newsletter/magazine

Presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program, the newsletter "Building Blocks" discusses ADHD in young children and provides tips and resources to help child care providers and parents.

Free copies of HIM (Health Ideas for Men) magazine are available at the Department of Jealth, J. Howard Beard Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. The magazine features articles on exercises that encourage fitness, eating healthy while dining out, quitting smoking and preventing skin cancer. HIM can also be requested by calling the Learn To Live Line, 410-222-7979, or go to LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

Summer safety

Tips can be found on the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Web site at aahealth.org. Select "Hot Topics." The site features hot weather tips, sun and water safety, information on Lyme disease and recommendations for reducing the risk of food-borne illnesses for picnics, barbecues and other outdoor activities.

Cancer prevention kit

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program offers a free kit. It can be ordered from the Learn to Live line, 410-222-7979, or at LearnToLiveHealthy.org

The kit contains information on how the disease can be detected and treated and how lifestyle changes can help prevent the disease. The kit also provides information on LifeScreen, a program which offers free colorectal cancer screenings to eligible county residents.

Health report card

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health recently released its 12th annual report card of community health indicators. The publication looks at cancer and other chronic diseases, communicable diseases, infant health and a range of local public health issues.

According to the report card, one in five residents is physically inactive and two-thirds are either overweight or obese. Another concern is the higher rate of newly diagnosed melanoma in the county compared to Maryland as a whole. The report card can be viewed on the department's Web site at aahealth.org. For more information, call 410-222-7280, and for information about the Learn to Live healthy lifestyle program, sponsored by the department, go to LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

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