Car seat 101
The Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer a clinic demonstrating the correct steps to install a car seat. The program will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 25 in the Doordan Institute, AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, 7th floor, Annapolis. Bring your car seat for installation. Cost: $25. Register online at http://www.AAMCevents.com.
Anne Arundel Medical Center will sponsor a nutritional program for parents and caregivers to improve the health of adolescents ages 9 to 16. Using the BodyWorks Toolkit, parents become role models to improve family eating and activities. The eight-week course will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 25 in the Doordan Institute, AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, 7th floor, Annapolis. Cost $50. Information: 443-481-6122. Register online at http://www.AAMCevents.com.
The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers sun-smart kits to county residents. The kit contains a guidebook, ideas for sun accessories and information about skin cancer detection. To order a kit, call the Learn To Live Line, 410-222-7979, or visit .
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: . or 410-222-7979.
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 .
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 .
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."
Lung cancer The group provides ongoing emotional support and information to patients and families coping with a diagnosis of lung cancer. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Donner Pavilion, Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Information: contact the DeCesaris Patient and Family support program 1-800-966-2619. Register online at http://www.AAMCevents.com.
Breastfeeding Mothers will discuss topics determined by the participants and directed by a certified lactation consultant. Bring the baby, grandparents and care providers. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the Sajak Pavilion, 2nd floor, 2002 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Register online at http://www.AAMCevents.com.
Breast cancer A support group for patients, families and caregivers. The program will be lead by a licensed counselor and a registered nurse. The group will meet the third Tuesday of every month at Kent Island, Anne Arundel Diagnostics, lobby, Chester. Information: contact the DeCesaris Patient and Family support program 1-800-966-2619. Register online at http://www.AAMCevents.com.