Health briefs

May 07, 2010

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis, an organization that offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their loved ones, including children, now has twice-a-week walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free and are open to cancer patients, their caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required for all classes. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or wellnesshouse@comcast.net.

Scholarship for childrenof breast cancer patients

The Joan Lauffer Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund will award up to $1,000 to a college-bound high school senior who has or had a parent with breast cancer. The student should attend public or private school in Anne Arundel County.

Write an essay, one to three paragraphs, explaining how cancer has affected your family and how the scholarship will help. The deadline is May 31. Send the essay to wm.lauffer@gmail.com with name, age, phone number, e-mail address, high school, college/university hoping to attend (either two- or four-year) and prospective major or area of interest. The fund is named for Joan Lauffer, a resident of Edgewater and Riva for 25 years and a mother of four who died in 2004 after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She started the fund to help ease the financial and emotional burden of students dealing with a parent with breast cancer. Information: 410-956-0791.

Maryland Arthritis Foundation Walk

The walk will take place at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on Saturday, May 15. U.S. Naval Academy Commandant, Rear Adm. (select) Matthew Klunder will help Annapolis celebrate "Let's Move Together." The event will include music and entertainment, activities for children, raffle and pet contests. Onsite registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., program at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. The event also honors this year's Maryland arthritis ambassadors: youth, Ashley Rolf; teen, Teddy Anna; adult, Erwin Abrams; medical, Dr. Paul Davies; and canine, Callie (owner Veronica Tovey). Information and to register: http://www.awannapolis2010.kitera.org. Proceeds help fund programs and services such as educational discussions and aquatic exercise programs throughout Maryland as well as providing funds for research.

Food shopping education

Sponsored by the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, educators will answer questions on nutrition and distribute free low-fat recipes.

Box n' Save, 7931 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie: noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 14; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16.

Safeway, Waugh Chapel, 2644 Chapel Lake Drive, Grambrills: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 21; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23.

Spanish-language line

A Spanish-speaking operator will answer calls to the Aprenda a Vivir Spanish language line of the Anne Arundel County Health Department, at 410-222-4479, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Callers can leave messages at other times. Information about community health services and free Spanish-language informational materials are available.

Continuing services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers:

•Children's immunization shots at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Boosters are given before entering kindergarten. Information: 410-222-4896 or go to the community health section of http://www.aahealth.org.

•Family planning services with free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams, lab tests and low-cost birth-control supplies to women younger than 25. For an appointment: 410-222-7144.

•Healthy pregnancy and baby-care kits are available by calling the Tot's Line at 1-877-817-8687. This confidential help line offers advice and county service referrals for pregnant women, parents and caregivers of children up to age 5.

•WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals. To qualify, county residents must meet income guidelines. Information: 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).

•Free quit-smoking classes and kits are offered to county residents 18 and older. Contact the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visit http://www.LearnToLiveHealthy.org. Also, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Owensville Primary Care will offer free quit-smoking classes sponsored by the Health Department. Information: Anne Arundel Medical Center at 443-481-4000 or the Owensville center at 410-867-4700. Pre-registration is required.

•HIV/AIDS services include free confidential testing and counseling. Call for an appointment: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.

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