Anne Arundel County health briefs

March 30, 2011

Care for cancer patients

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

Community health email alert system

The county Department of Health has a community health email alert system to provide timely notices about department services and community health issues. Also, a recreational water quality email alert system has been in effect since 2006. It alerts subscribers when a closure or advisory is issued for a county waterway. For information about both alert services, visit aahealth.org. Click on sign-up to receive community health email alerts or call the Public Information Office at 410-222-4508.

Patient disability pamphlet

The county Commission on Disability Issues offers a pamphlet, "Doctors' Offices and Patients With Disabilities Working Together," with suggestions for doctors to make visits go more smoothly, including information on training staff, obtaining equipment for the disabled and welcoming service animals. To obtain a copy, call the Americans With Disabilities Act office at 410-222-4464, ext. 3056, or go to http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on Doctors Office Brochure.

Prostate cancer brochure

The county Health Department's Learn to Live program offers a free brochure, "Don't Get Hit Below the Belt," with information on the risks of prostate cancer, prevention and the two most commonly used methods of screening. Information: 410-222-7979 or learntolivehealthy.org.

Good food with good health

Health educators will answer questions on nutrition and distribute free low-fat recipes and other material at local supermarkets. The program is sponsored by the health department's Learn to Live program.

Box N' Save, 7931 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Glen Burnie, noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 8; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

Lauer's Supermarket, 8479 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 15; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17.

Graul's, 1388 Cape St. Claire Road, Annapolis, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 29; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1.

Information: 410-222-7979 or http://www.LearnToLiveHealthy.org

Calendar

Free flu vaccinations

The Department of Health offers free flu shots and nasal-spray vaccines during weekly walk-in clinics or by appointment at the Glen Burnie and Parole health centers. The nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 to 49, but is not for pregnant women. The new high-dose flu shot for people 65 and older is also provided. Information: Glen Burnie center, 410-222-6633, or Parole center, 410-222-7247, or aahealth.org.

Weight loss seminar

The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness will offer a free seminar at 6 p.m. April 27. Registration is required: 410-328-8940. Information: umm.edu/weightloss.

Sports-related concussions

Dr. Amiel Bethel, neurosurgeon at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will discuss potential complications associated with sport-related concussions at 6:30 p.m. April 13 at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. The program will be repeated 6:30 p.m. April 28 at Baltimore Washington Health Services, 7556 Teague Road, Suite 440, Hanover. Registration: 410-787-4367.

Healthy living

Learn how to make simple nutrition and exercise changes to achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive. Information and registration: 410-787-4940.

Support groups

Lupus support group Sponsored by The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA, a trained professional will discuss diagnosis and treatment at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the Wellness Center, lower level of the Medical Pavilion, Howard County General Hospital, 10710 Charter Drive #100, Columbia. Information: 888-349-1167 or email info@lupusdmv.org

The Joslin Circle Diabetes support group discusses current issues regarding diabetes management. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, Suite 223, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4940.

Man-to-Man prostate cancer support group Offers information about diagnosis, treatment and management. The group meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in the Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367.

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