Anne Arundel County health briefs

January 13, 2012

Free cookbook

The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health has a new healthful eating kit that features a free cookbook and tips that will help you select foods high in fiber and low in fat and sodium. Recipes are also quick, easy and economical. Information: visit or call 410-222-7979.

Tobacco sales compliance

The health department's Learn to Live program offers to retailers a tobacco sales compliance kit. The kit includes a training guide that explains Maryland's tobacco laws. It's illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 in the State of Maryland. The free kit is available by calling the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visiting

Free flu vaccine clinics

The Department of Health provides free seasonal flu vaccine at walk-in clinics in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Both the injectable and nasal spray vaccines are available. For details, call the flu information line at 410-222-7343 or visit

Guide to school health

The Department of Health website,, 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: 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 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 and click on "Doctor's Office Brochure."

Wet season testing

The Department of Health recently began its wet-season site evaluations and percolation tests. Wet-season testing is arranged on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications are now being accepted online at to apply for percolation tests, contact the Anne Arundel County permit Application Center, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis or call the Department of Health Environmental Health Bureau at 410-222-7193. Applications must be received and scheduled by March 30. Applications for mound sewage disposal systems must be received by Feb. 1 and testing completed by March 17. Information 410-222-7193.

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 a free health seminars from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the ShopRite community meeting room, 6716 Ritchie Highway. ShopRite's corporate dietitian, Natalie Menza, will coordinate all lunches. Registration required. Information: 410-766-8282 or visit

Quit-smoking resources

The Learn to Live program, in partnership with community medical providers will sponsor free quit-smoking classes for adults who live, work and attend school in the county. Classes include counseling and may include nicotine replacement therapy. Pre-registration is required at the following health care providers.

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Health Sciences Institute, 2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Classes begin in January, March and May. Information: 443-481-4000 or 1-800-636-8773.

Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Classes begin in January, March and May. Information: 410-787-4367 or visit

Harbor Hospital, LifeResource Center, 2990 South Hanover Street. A class will begin April. Information 410-350-2563 or visit

Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Road, West River. Classes will begin in January and April. Information 410-867-4700.

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