Anne Arundel County health briefs

April 12, 2013

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 offers a free archive of more than 675 healthy recipes. Most recipes are low in saturated and trans fats and high in fiber. Many are suitable for diabetic, meatless and low sodium diets. To view recipes and to print out free recipe cards, go to learntolivehealthy.org and click on "Recipes Search" under "Food and Fitness."

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.

VA outpatient clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a new 13,300-square-foot facility to serve veterans in Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The clinic is located at 2479 Fifth St. adjacent to the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center on the Fort George G. Meade Installation. Services include general outpatient medical care, preventive health and education services, various medical screenings, TeleHealth services and referrals to specialized programs and inpatient services available throughout the VA Medical Health Care System. Information: 410-305-5300.

HIV/AIDS services

The Department of Health offers free, confidential testing and counseling for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Call for an appointment at the Annapolis center 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie center 410-222-6636 or Parole 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.

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.

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 (except holidays) 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 http://aahealth.org.

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 or visit http://aahealth.org/alerts.

Support groups

Substance abuse The Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse (NLASA) is a coalition in north Anne Arundel County working to help reduce substance abuse in youth and young adults. Meetings will be held the second Friday of every month. Information Loretta Lawson-Munsey 410-777-2527 or lllawsonmunsey@aacc.edu.

Cancer The group offers support and educational programs for patients diagnosed with any type of cancer. Sponsored by The Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the group meets at 5 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the Aiello Breast Center, 203 Hospital Drive, Suite B100, Glen Burnie.

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