Anne Arundel County health briefs

August 12, 2011

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis offers services and programs for those living with cancer and for 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.

Guide to school health

The Department of Health's website, http://www.aahealth.org offers information on school health services for the 2011-2012 school year. The page provides information on bullying, keeping kids smoke free, flu prevention and more. Other topics include treatment of head lice and communicable diseases.

Health report card

The county Department of Health announces its annual report card of community health indicators. The report highlights progress in lowering death rates for stroke, diabetes and breast cancer. County residents have met nationally set goals for getting screened for cholesterol levels, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Lung cancer and melanoma mortality rates were higher in Anne Arundel County than in Maryland as a whole. Information: aahealth.org or 410-222-7202.

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 e-mail 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 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," that offers suggestions for doctors to make visits go more smoothly, including information on training staff, obtaining equipment for the disabled and accommodating service animals. To obtain a copy, contact the Americans With Disabilities Act office at 410-222-4464, ext. 3056; or http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on "Doctor's 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.

Calendar

Nutrition and exercise The Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer classes in nutrition and exercise discussing simple lifestyle changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. Classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 30, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 22, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 9 and Nov. 11, at the center, 300 Hospice Drive, Suite 119. Cost $25. Registration required. Information: 410-787-4940.

Prevention and treatment of vascular disease The Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a free informative discussion on vascular conditions that affect the circulatory system including peripheral artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms and carotid artery disease at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie and Sept. 28 at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Severna Park. All attendees will get a voucher for a free vascular screening. Information and registration: 410-787-4367.

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; Parole center, 410-222-7247; or aahealth.org.

Lunch and health seminars The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce healthcare and wellness committee has teamed up with ShopRite of Glen Burnie to offer free health seminars from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the ShopRite community meeting room, 6710 Ritchie Highway. Topics for discussion are: defeating diabetes, breakthroughs in breast cancer, sun protection, Alzheimer's awareness, fighting cancer with a fork, and high and low glycemic foods. ShopRite's corporate dietitian, Natalie Menza, will coordinate all lunches. Registration required. Information: 410-766-8282 or visit http://www.naaccc.com.

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