Health Briefs

August 02, 2009

Lead certificate requirement

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health reminds parents that all children newly enrolled in county pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade are required to have a lead testing certificate. The certificate ensures that children living in high-risk areas are being tested for lead poisoning, which can cause young children to have difficulty learning, behavioral problems and developmental disabilities. High-risk ZIP codes in Anne Arundel are 20711, 20714, 20764, 20779, 21060, 21061, 21225, 21226, and 21402, because they have a greater proportion of older homes that may contain lead paint.

If a child lives or has ever lived in a high-risk ZIP code or is receiving medical assistance, the child's pediatrician must fill in the dates of past testing. Most children should have received the blood test for lead at 1 and 2 years of age. If a child moves into a high risk ZIP code after his or her second birthday, proof is required that a lead test was done before the child turned 6.

If a child has never resided in a high risk ZIP code or is not on medical assistance, parents can complete the "exempt" portion of the certificate. For additional information call the lead poisoning prevention program at 410-222-7003 or visit www.aaahealth.org and search "lead and children."

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. HIM also can 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 at 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.

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.

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