Anne Arundel County health briefs

April 22, 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

Health email alerts

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 Click on sign-up to receive health 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: Americans With Disabilities Act office at 410-222-4464, ext. 3056, or 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

Good food, 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.

•Graul's, 1388 Cape St. Claire Road, Annapolis, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 29; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Information: 410-222-7979 or


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

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

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. Thursday, April 28 at Baltimore Washington Health Services, 7556 Teague Road, Suite 440, Hanover. Registration: 410-787-4367.

Free quit-smoking classes The Learn to Live program of the department of health and community medical providers will off free classes including counseling and may include nicotine replacement therapy. Pre-registration is required. Classes will be held at the following centers:

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Health Sciences Institute, 2002 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, May 5 to June 16 and June 22 to August 3. 443-481-4000 or 1-800-636-8773.

Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Tate Cancer Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Class begins in June. 410-787-4367.

Harbor Hospital, LifeResource Center, 2990 South Hanover Street. Tuesday, April 26 to May 24. 410-350-2563.

Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Road, West River. Thursday, April 28 to June 9. 410-867-4700. Or visit the department of health's website

Support groups

Lupus support group Sponsored by The Lupus Foundation of America, 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: 1-888-349-1167 or email

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.

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