Anne Arundel County health briefs

January 18, 2013

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. Wednesday, 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 umm.edu/weightloss.

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.

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 aa.health.org/cold-weather.

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 http://aamcevents.com.

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

•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 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.

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 learntolivehealthy.org and click on "Recipes Search" under "Food and Fitness."

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 national 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, call 410-222-4508.

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