Anne Arundel County health briefs

April 19, 2013

Vision, hearing tests

The Department of Health offers vision and hearing screenings in public schools for children in preschool, kindergarten, first and eighth grade, and also for students new to Anne Arundel county schools. Student in the following schools and programs will be screened in April:

•Tracey's Elementary, Monday, April 22

•Heritage Learning Center, Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23

•Pershing Hill, Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24

•Pasadena Early Learning Center, Wednesday, April 24

•Calvary Center School, Point Pleasant Elementary, Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26

•Brock Bridge Elementary, Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30

Children are screened to detect vision or hearing problems that may impair the ability to perform in school. If a potential deficiency is detected, a letter is sent to the parents informing them of the results. The parents are advised to contract the child's doctor for further testing and advice. For more information on the School Vision and Hearing Program, call Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor, 410-222-6838.

Living with diabetes

A diabetes educator will lead a discussion and offer suggestions on how to make simple nutrition and exercise changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure and cholesterol to prevent diabetes. Sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the discussion will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 1 and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 9, in the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, Suite 119, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Cost: $25. Registration and information 410-787-4940.

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.

Women's pelvic health

Baltimore Washington Medical Center physicians Dr. Christiana Enzmann and Dr. Mara Holton will discuss urogynecological problems, pelvic pain and endometriosis at 6:30 p.m. May 15 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, third floor, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Pre-registration is requested: 410-787-4367.

Weight management

The University of Maryland Center for weight management will offer a free educational seminar exploring a comprehensive surgical approach to weight loss from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 22 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information 410-328-8940 or visit http://www.umm.edu/weightloss.

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

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