Anne Arundel County health briefs

May 18, 2012

Weight management

The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness offers a free weight-loss seminar at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23. Registration required: 410-328-8940. Information: http://www.umm.edu/weightloss.

Menopause discussion

Dr. Devi Chakravorty of Baltimore Washington Medical Center will discuss the signs and symptoms that occur as women progress toward menopause at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at the center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Registration required: 410-787-4367.

Pelvic health

Baltimore Washington Medical Center urogynecologist Dr. Leslie Rickey will discuss women's pelvic health and common urogynecological problems at 6:30 p.m. May 31 at the center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Registration required: 410-787-4367.

Nutrition, exercise classes

The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer classes on nutrition and exercise. Classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 29 at 300 Hospital Drive. Cost is $25. Information and registration: 410-787-4940.

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: http://www.LearntoLiveHealthy.org or 410-222-7979.

Tobacco laws

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 Maryland. The free kit is available by calling the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visiting http://www.aahealth.org/ltl_pdf/compliancekit.pdf.

Free flu vaccine

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. Information: 410-222-7343 or http://www.aahealth.org.

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 http://www.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."

Support groups

The Joslin Circle A diabetes support group discusses issues regarding management of the disease. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, Suite 223, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4940.

Man-to-Man prostate cancer Offers information about diagnosis, treatment and management. The group meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in the Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367.

Stroke A support group meets to discuss stroke recovery and prevention from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4457.

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