Anne Arundel County health briefs

September 20, 2012

Blood drive

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. The bloodmobile will be located near the BW Federal Credit Union. For information, call the American Red Cross at 866-236-3276. To schedule an appointment, call the BWMC marketing and communications department at 410-787-4367.

Weight and wellness

The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness will offer a free seminar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Leo and Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center at BWMC, 305 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. Dr. Mark Kligman will discuss a comprehensive surgical approach to weight loss. Reservations: 410-328-8940 or visit

Breast health lecture

October is National Breast Cancer Month. Baltimore Washington Medical Center will present a discussion on the management of benign breast disease including fibrocystic breast disease, lumps and breast pain, genetics and the latest treatments. The program will be led by Dr. Cynthia Drogula and Dr. Barbara Urban. Information and registration: 410-787-4367.

Men's health kits

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers free men's health kits with information on prostate health and colorectal cancer screening, as well as the HIM magazine, which includes information on sun safety, smoking, nutrition and other men's health tips. To order a kit, call the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979. For information, go to

Alcohol abuse grant

The Department of Health's alcohol and drug abuse prevention and education services have been awarded a Maryland grant of $31,132, which will aid in programs to reduce underage drinking. Grant target areas are Brooklyn Park, Curtis Bay, Glen Burnie and Pasadena. Information: Sandy Smolnicky, prevention specialist, 410-222-6724.

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 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 12 and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 30, in Suite 119, at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, 301 Hospital Drive. Cost $25. Reservations required. Information: 410-787-4940.

Healthful eating

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: 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: 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, call 410-222-4508.

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

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

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