Health Briefs

July 19, 2009

Dining out to support multiple sclerosis society

The Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater at routes 2 and 214 in Edgewater will sponsor a benefit for the MSbusters fundraising team, Maryland chapter, on Tuesday. Throughout the day, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of the day's sale (dine-in and carryout) to the national society. Call 410-956-0790 for reservations or additional information.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is the only voluntary health organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, alleviation and cure of MS. The Maryland chapter serves more than 5,000 men, women and children living with the daily challenges of MS.

Volunteer honored

Martin "Chip" Doordan, president and CEO of Anne Arundel Health Systems, was awarded the United Way of Central Maryland's Bernard Cook Meritorious Leadership Award for his volunteer work throughout the county. The award was designed to recognize community volunteers who demonstrate outstanding leadership in activities that align with the United Way's priorities.

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 Health, 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 that offers free colorectal cancer screenings to eligible county residents.

Senior services directory

The free 2009-2010 edition of Services for Seniors, Adults With Disabilities and Caregivers is available at the Heritage Office Complex, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis, and the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities' seven senior activity centers, county public libraries and Giant Food stores. For additional information, call Maryland Access Point/Information and Assistance at 410-222-4257.

Partners and sponsors

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is accepting partnership and sponsorship opportunities to businesses and other private sector agencies.

Opportunities include the Family Caregiver workshop series, the annual Caregivers' Wellness Day, the annual caregivers' conference, the Planning for the Future workshop series and sponsorships for publications and various products.

Sponsorship categories start at $500. To obtain a sponsor agreement form, call 410-222-4257, ext. 3051. The department does not endorse any particular vendor or business and has the right to approve or reject potential sponsors.

Kids' club for wellness

Arundel Mills will offer children the Simon Kidgits Club.

The Simon Kidgits Club for children ages 3 to 8 focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment. Parents can sign their children up during mall hours. Membership is $5 annually or $8 for two years and includes a membership card, T-shirt, scheduled activities, a birthday card and gift certificate, discounts and newsletter.

Information: simonkidgitsclub.com.

Healthy Eating Kit

Kit contains tips on nutrition and Hispanic recipes, and a Quit Smoking Kit, with a step-by-step guide, Cambie un Habito, to stop smoking permanently. Cambie un Habito can be downloaded from the Health Department's Spanish-language Web site, aasalud.org. Click "Aprenda a Vivir" on the navigation bar, and then click on "Dejar de Fumar." A Breast and Cervical Cancer Kit, with information on prevention and treatment, is also available.

Healthy babies

A free healthy babies kit is available from the Anne Arundel County Healthy Babies Coalition, providing information on calming babies, secondhand smoke, home safety and other pregnancy issues. For additional information, contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, or call 410-222-7203.

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