Anne Arundel County health briefs

December 28, 2012

Exercise classes

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer exercise classes at its campus, 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie, and at BW Health Service, 7556 Teague Road in Hanover, starting Jan. 7. The 10-week session will offer beginning yoga, beginning Pilates, beginning yoga/Pilates combination, fitness fusion, Pilates, prenatal yoga, yoga, yoga nidra and Zumba. Classes will be taught by certified instructors and are limited to 20 participants per class. Cost is $50. Bring a yoga mat. Register online at

Chronic conditions

The county Department of Aging and Disabilities is partnering with Baltimore Washington Medical Center to offer a six-week workshop for adults with chronic conditions including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain or anxiety, and heart disease. Workshops will be held Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15 through Feb. 19 at BW Health Services, 7556 Teague Road, Suite 440 in Hanover. Registration: 410-222-4366 or visit

Memory loss

"Forget Me Not: Preventing and Treating Memory Loss" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Dr. Mohit Negi will discuss changes that occur with age, factors that contribute to memory loss, the differences between normal forgetfulness, dementia and Alzheimer's, and symptoms that may indicate the need for an evaluation. Registration: 410-787-4367.

Weight management

The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management & Wellness is offering a free educational seminar at Baltimore Washington Medical Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Leo and Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center, on the lower level of the Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. Dr. Mark Kligman will discuss surgical therapy as a treatment option reserved for individuals 18 to 60 years old who have a body mass index between 35 and 40. Reservations: 410-328-8940 or visit

Holiday blues

Feeling stressed and unhappy? The Department of Health's website offers information on what causes the holiday blues and healthy ways to cope with them. Visit and click on "Holiday Blues" under "Hot Topics." Information: Adolescent and Family Services, 410-222-6785.

Cold weather safety

The Department of Health's website includes advice on dressing for cold weather, suggestions for items to have at home in case of a snowstorm, and a list of symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. Visit

Quit smoking

The Learn To Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers quit-smoking and power-to-quit-smoking kits. 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 Owensville Road, West River. Information: 410-867-4700.

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.

•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.

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

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

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.

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