Anne Arundel County health briefs

July 24, 2013

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 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive. Cost: $25 (cash or check). Information and reservations: call 410-787-4940.

Grief workshop

The Chesapeake Life Center will sponsor the workshop "What Grief Teaches" for ages 18 and older from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Annapolis location, 445 Defense Highway. The center is registering participants for Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising. Camp Nabi is a weekend camp for grieving children ages 6 to 13 and Phoenix Rising is a weekend retreat for teens who will explore coping strategies while making new friends. Both programs will be held the weekend of Aug. 9, 10 and 11 at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville. Information: call 410-987-2129 or visit chesapeakelifecenter.org.

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, aahealth.org.

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: call 410-222-7168 or visit aahealth.org.

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. 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 Parkway, Health Sciences Institute in Annapolis. Information: call 443-481-4000 or 1-800-MD-NURSE. Free self-help information to help adults and teens quit smoking. Visit aamcevents.com.

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

•Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Rd. in West River. Information: call 410-867-4700.

VA outpatient clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a 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: call 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: call 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 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.

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 aahealth.org/alerts.

Support groups

Substance abuse The Western Anne Arundel Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition offers information on the prevention of alcohol and other drug uses among youth and promotes safe and healthy behaviors. Meetings are held the fourth Friday of every month at noon in the Anne Arundel County Western District Police Station, 8273 Telegraph Rd. in Odenton. Information: call 443-351-7989 or email WASPCoalition@gmail.com.

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