Anne Arundel County health briefs

August 17, 2012

Alcohol abuse grant

The Department of Health's alcohol and drug abuse prevention and education services have been awarded a Maryland strategic prevention framework (MSPF) community implementation grant of $31,132 to the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation. The funding will be used for prevention strategies and programs specifically designed to reduce underage drinking in the community. Grant target areas are Brooklyn Park, Curtis Bay, Glen Burnie and Pasadena. Information: Sandy Smolnicky, prevention specialist, 410-222-6724.

Weight management

The University of Maryland Center for weight Management & Wellness will offer a free education seminar discussing the comprehensive surgical approach to weight loss from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, third floor, 301 Hospital Drive. Reservations requested. Information: 410-328-8940 or

Living with diabetes

The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology will discuss simple nutrition and exercise changes to achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. Classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Sept. 24; 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 13, in Suite 119, at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, 301 Hospital Drive. Cost $25. Reservations required. Information: 410-787-4940.

Summer health, safety tips

The Health Department offers summer safety tips and health information by visiting the "Hot Topics" section of its website, . The site features tips for hot weather, food safety, sun and water safety, and recreational water quality or visit the Health Department on Facebook at

The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers free copies of its latest newsletter, Building Blocks, issue No. 17, featuring instructions to create a vegetable garden, safety advice while planting or harvesting, and recipes for produce. Information:

Sun-smart kits

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.

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: 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.

Support groups

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

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

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