Anne Arundel County health briefs

March 23, 2012

Blood Drive

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the hospital, 301 Hospital Drive. The bloodmobile will be outside the Discharge Lobby. Information: 410-787-4367.

Nutrition and exercise classes

The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer classes on healthy living through nutrition and exercise. Classes will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 12 and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday March 26 and April 30 in the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, Suite 119, 300 Hospital Drive. Cost is $25. Information and registration: 410-787-4940.

Weight management seminar

The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness will offer a free weight loss education seminar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 18 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, 3rd floor, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive. Registration is required at 410-328-8940. Additional information visit

Disorders of the spine

Baltimore Washington Medical Center Physician Clifford Solomon will discuss disorders of the aging spine at 6:30 p.m. April 25 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive. Learn what can be done to minimize the wear and tear that occurs to bone and soft tissue of the spine through the normal aging process. Pre-registration is required 410-787-4367.

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."

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 March and May. Information: 443-481-4000 or 1-800-636-8773.

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