Anne Arundel County health briefs

November 09, 2012

Great American Smokeout

The Learn To Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers quit-smoking and power-to-quit-smoking kits for the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15. Kits are available from the Learn To Live Line, 410-222-7979, or from the Spanish language Line, 410-222-4479. Also, quit-smoking classes are offered at the following health providers:

•Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2000 Medical Parkway, Health Sciences Institute, Annapolis. Information: 443-481-4000 or 1-800-MD-NURSE. Free self-help information to help adults and teens quit smoking.

•Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Tate Cancer Center, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367.

•Owensville Primary Care, 134 Osensville Road, West River. Information: 410-867-4700.

Health and wellness

Anne Arundel Medical Center will feature the following community health and wellness discussions.

Car seat 101 Hands-on steps to properly install a child's car seat, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Doordan Institute, AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, seventh floor, Annapolis. Fee: $25 per couple. Participants should bring a car seat for installation. Register online: aamcevents.org.

Maybe baby Be prepared before you're pregnant. Health, nutrition and finances will be discussed from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Doordan Institute, AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, seventh floor, Annapolis. Fee: $25 per couple. Registration and information: aamcdocstalk.com or call 443-481-5555.

Digestive health options Dr. Adrian Park, chair of surgery and gastroenterologist at AAMC, will discuss the many options available to treat acid reflux and digestive health disorders at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, seventh floor, Doordan Institute, Annapolis. Free parking in Garage E. Registration and information: aamcdocstalk.com or call 443-481-5555.

Caesarean birth class Expectant mothers and birth partners discuss the history of Caesarean birth, anesthesia, postoperative considerations, pain management and breast feeding from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17, Clatanoff lobby, third floor, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. A tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion is included. Also, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, a refresher birth class will review labor and birth, birth technologies and tips for helping older siblings adjust to the new baby. Registration and information for both classes: aamcdocstalk.com or call 443-481-5555.

Vision, hearing screenings

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health provides in-school vision and hearing screenings to students in public schools for children in preschool, kindergarten, first and eighth grade and for students new to Anne Arundel County schools. Students in the following schools will be screened in November.

•Crofton Meadows Elementary, Magothy River Middle, Monday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 13.

•Elvaton Christian Academy, Park Elementary, Wednesday, Nov. 14.

•Jessup Elementary, St. Martin's in-the-Field Day School, Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16.

•Annapolis Elementary, Nov. 26.

•Glen Burnie Park Elementary, Glendale Elementary, Nov. 27 and 28.

•The Phoenix Center of Annapolis, Nov. 28.

•Hilltop Elementary, Southern Middle, Nov. 29 and 30.

For additional information contact, Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor, 410-222-6838.

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 held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Friday, 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.

Flu immunization

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

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