Health Briefs

August 23, 2009

County partners with HHS on Web site

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman says Howard government will be the first local jurisdiction to pilot a Web content syndication project with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The content, "Quick Tips for Healthy Living" was developed by ODPHP for its Web site. Through the partnership, the content is now available on Howard County's Department of Health, Wellness Works Web site at The tips focus on the top five things you can do to stay healthy: eat healthy, get active, watch your weight, get screenings and quit smoking.


Senior yoga : Classes will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Slayton House in the Village of Wilde Lake. Sign up for a full session or just drop in. Classes are slower-paced, emphasizing yogic breathing and stress reduction. Limited space; preregistration recommended. This program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. Call 410-730-3987 or e-mail

Blood donations : The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors are asked to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

WomenFest : A women's event sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, Office on Aging will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at The Florence Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The event will feature health screenings, demonstrations, workshops, seminars, vendor exhibits and food. Attendees can participate in belly dancing and drumming demonstrations and learn how to maximize their exercise routines using inexpensive equipment.

The event will include free bone density, blood pressure, HIV glucose and cholesterol screenings. Seminar topics: "Make Your Second Act Your Most Inspiring," "Brain Fitness," "Laughing Matters" and "Dating, Social Networking for Dummies." At noon, Rave Reviews Consignment shop will present its "Fashion on a Budget" workshop.

Those who want to reserve a gourmet box lunch must register by Sept. 3 by calling 410-313-7213. The suggested lunch donation for those older than 60 is $3, $6 for all others.

Centennial dash : Resist Inertia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of cardiovascular disease by promoting exercise and obesity awareness, will sponsor a timed 5K walk/run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Centennial Park.

The event will feature awards for completion of the walk/run, a children's fun run, and a health expo with blood pressure checks, nutrition counseling, exercise physiology instruction and stress reduction demonstrations. For more information or to register, go to, or contact Sharon Sopp, senior communications manager, public relations, Howard County General Hospital at 410-740-7646.

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