Anne Arundel County health briefs

January 11, 2013

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. Jan. 28 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.

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. from 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. Wednesday, 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 surgery as a treatment option for people 18 to 60 years old who have a body mass index between 35 and 40. Reservations: 410-328-8940 or visit

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. Visit

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

•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.

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. To view recipes and to print out free recipe cards, go to and click on "Recipes Search" under "Food and Fitness."

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