Anne Arundel County health briefs

June 07, 2013

Summer health, safety tips

The Department of Health offers sun and water safety tips, Lyme disease information for prevention and detection, as well as food safety recommendations designed to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses at picnics, barbecues and other outdoor activities. Visit the "Hot Topics" section of the health department's website,

Diabetes-healthy living

A diabetes educator leads a program offering suggestions on how to make nutrition and exercise changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, June 14; and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 24, in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive. Cost $25 (cash or check). Information and reservations: 410-787-4940.

Weight-loss seminar

The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness will offer a free weight-loss education seminar at 6 p.m. June 19 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Dr. in Glen Burnie. Dr. Mark Kligman will discuss the comprehensive surgical approach to weight loss. Surgical therapy is considered an option for those 18 to 60 years of age. Information and reservations: 410-328-8940.

Walk strong

Dr. Hal Crane, orthopedic surgeon at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will discuss the benefits of walking and how to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Held at 8 a.m. June 21 at the Arundel Mills Food Court in Hanover. A light breakfast will be served.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or BWMC's marketing and communications department at 410-787-4367.

Aging back and joints

University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Dr. Hal Crane will discuss minimizing the wear and tear on your back, bones and joints at 6:30 p.m. June 26 at the Leo and Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center, UM BWMC, 301 Hospital Dr. in Glen Burnie. Pre-registration is required: 410-787-4367.

Rabies prevention

The Department of Health offers information on how to prevent the spread of rabies and what to do in the event of exposure. Rabies is most often seen in raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks. Information: 410-222-7168 or visit

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 programs aimed at reducing 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 Click on "Search Recipes" 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 Pkwy. Health Sciences Institute in 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 Dr. Tate Cancer Center in Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367 or visit

•Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Rd. in 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 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 center in Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6636; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.

Men's health kits

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