Anne Arundel County health briefs

October 21, 2011

'DocsTALK' series

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers a new monthly education series titled "DocsTALK." The first program will discuss the truth about breast cancer and heart disease at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Health Sciences Pavilion, seventh floor, Doordan Institute, Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Dr. Lorraine Tafra, medical director of the AAMC Breast Center, and Dr. Barbara Hutchinson, medical director of the AAMC Heart & Vascular Unit, will speak. Information: 443-481-5555 or http://www.aahs.org/docstalk.

Chronic conditions

Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities present a free six-week class on "Living Well with Chronic Conditions." Presenters will discuss methods of dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, and cover appropriate exercises, nutrition, treatment and medications. Students will learn to fight fatigue, make daily tasks easier and communicate with family and health professionals.

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 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, treatment of head lice and communicable diseases, and more.

Health report card

The Department of Health has announced its annual report card of community health indicators. The report highlights progress in lowering death rates from 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 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 the 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."

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 to prevent diabetes. Classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 and Nov. 28; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 11 and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the center, 300 Hospice Drive, Suite 119. Cost is $25. Registration required. Information: 410-787-4940.

Lunch and health seminars The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce health care 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.

Free flu vaccine The Department of Health will provide seasonal flu vaccinations at the following walk-in clinics. Donations are accepted. Both the injectable and the nasal-spray vaccines will be available. Go to http://www.aahealth.org or call the flu information line at 410-222-7343:

•Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15.

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