Anne Arundel County health briefs

November 02, 2012

Holiday meal planning

November is National Diabetes Month. The Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a program on how to prepare healthy meals during the holidays. Participants will learn how to make healthy substitutions to favorite holiday meals, manage stress and fit exercise in between cooking and shopping. The program will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Leo & Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center, 305 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Baltimore Washington Health Services, 756 Teague Road, Suite 440 in Hanover; and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. Information and registration: 410-787-4367.

Weight management

The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness will offer a free seminar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. Dr. Mark Kligman will discuss the surgical approach to weight loss. Reservations and information: 410-328-8940.

Blood drive

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. Questions regarding donor eligibility should be directed to the American Red Cross: 1-866-236-3276. To schedule an appointment, call the BWMC marketing and communications department at 410-787-4367.

Osteoarthritis lecture

Hal Crane, Baltimore Washington Medical Center orthopedic surgeon, will discuss osteoarthritis on aging joints at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. Registration and information: 410-787-4367.

Flu immunization clinics

The Department of Health will provide seasonal flu vaccinations at the following walk-in clinics. Both nasal-spray and injectable vaccinations will be available.

•Glen Burnie Health Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 416 A St. S.W., Glen Burnie. Information: 410-222-6633.

•Parole Health Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis. Information: 410-222-7247.

•Health Services Building, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccine for anyone 6 months of age or older. Information: 410-222-7343 or visit aahealth.org.

Men's health kits

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 learntolivehealthy.org.

Underage drinking

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 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 26; 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and Dec. 5; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 15 and Dec. 14 in Suite 119 in the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. Cost: $25. Reservations and 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 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.

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