Anne Arundel County health briefs

December 27, 2013

New Year resolutions

Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer a variety of health classes in January. Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be held at AAMC's Belcher Pavilion (formerly Health Sciences Pavilion), seventh floor of the Doordan Institute, Annapolis. To register, visit or call 443-481-5555.

•Weight loss solutions. A free seminar for people who are obese by 100 pounds or more and want to learn about surgical weight loss options. Discussions will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

•Financial health. Are you prepared for the future? What can you do now? Attend this class at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9.

•Smoke free. This seven-week program helps participants break the habit. Class will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 9. Registration required. Free to all Anne Arundel County residents. Out-of-county fee: $75. For individual counseling, call 443-481-5366.

•Ann Caldwell will discuss restarting, renewing and energizing health with better food and exercise choices, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

•Mayo Clinic Diet. This 12-week workshop puts you in charge of reshaping your body and your lifestyle by breaking unhealthy food habits. The program is led by a registered dietitian and cardiac rehab specialist. Class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 28 to April 15.

Exercise classes

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer exercise classes in beginning yoga, beginning yoga/pilates combination, fitness fusion, pilates, prenatal yoga and yoga classes at the center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie and at BW Health Services, 7556 Teague Road, Hanover. The session will run 10 consecutive weeks. Cost $50. Pre-registration is required. Register online and view descriptions of each class at

Walk for health

Baltimore Washington Medical Center sponsors the Mills Milers walking program at 8 p.m. January 17 at the food court at Arundel Mills. Walkers are encouraged to bring a friend. Refreshments and promotional items will be available.

Cold weather tips

The Department of Health offers information on how to safely enjoy cold weather: Visit the website Click on "cold weather tips" under "Hot topics." This includes dressings for cold weather, suggestions for items to have at home in case of a snowstorm and a list of symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. Also, how to maintain space heaters and fireplaces.

Holiday blues

The Department of Health's website offers information on the holiday blues and healthy ways to cope with them. Visit and click on "holiday blues" under hot topics. Information: 410-222-6785.

Holiday food safety

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million Americans get sick from food borne illnesses each year. Suggestions to reduce the risk of food borne illness during the holidays are available from the Department of Health at Tips are in the "holiday food safety" section under hot topics. Information: 410-222-7239.

Flu shots

The Department of Health is offering free vaccinations. Nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people age 2 to 49. It is not for pregnant women. The clinics also have the high-dose flu shots for people 65 years of age and older. Pneumococcal vaccine is also available. The following locations will provide vaccinations:

•Glen Burnie Health Center, from 8:30 .m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 416 A Street, Glen Burnie 410-222-6633.

•Parole Health Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1950 Drew Street, Annapolis, 410-222-7247.

Breast cancer awareness

The Department of Health's Learn to Live program is offering a free women's health kit that includes information on cancer screenings, nutrition and other women's health topics. The health department also offers free mammograms and breast exams to eligible women. Call 410-222-7979 or visit

Walk for better health

Walking is the most popular form of physical activity. A new web page sponsored by the Department of Health,, features information about walking programs, trails and tracks.

Support groups

HIV/AIDS Weekly meetings for men and women will be held every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Information: 410-222-7108.

Diabetes Support and educational programs will be offered at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Information: Anita Smith 443-481-5188.

Trauma recovery support The group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday in the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Information: Elizabeth Cush, 443-481-1209.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.