Anne Arundel County health briefs

October 03, 2014

Suicide prevention

A Chesapeake Life Center symposium: "Life After a Suicide Loss," will be presented by author Eric Marcus of the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the center, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. Marcus will moderate a panel discussion with a group of suicide loss survivors and mental health professionals. Registration online required at chesapeakelifecenter.org. Information: 410-987-2129.

Cancer lecture

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will sponsor a free lecture titled "Cancer Awareness: Knowing Your Risk," directed by Dr. Harvinder Singh, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the center's Leo & Lysbeth Courtney conference center, 8th floor, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information 410-787-4367.

Baby sitter training course

Safe Sitter teaches youths ages 11-13 how to nurture and guide young children while caring for them. Sponsored by Baltimore Washington Medical Center the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17, in the medical center's 3 South Classroom, 3rd floor, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Cost $50. Pre-registration required at mybwmc.org. Information: 410-787-4367.

Blood drive

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis conference center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Donors must be healthy at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last 56 days or donated double red cells in the last 112 days. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or the medical center's marketing and communications department at 410-787-4367.

Diabetes living healthy

The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology will offers classes on healthy living through nutrition and exercise. Classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10; and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, Suite 223, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information 410-787-4940.

Senior vaccine

The county's Department of health will provide high-does seasonal flu vaccines in October for county residents age 65 and older. The clinics will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations.

• Monday, Oct. 6, Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A Street, SW, Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633

•Tuesday, Oct. 7, Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew Street, Annapolis, 410-222-7247

Additional information visit aahealth.org or call the flu line at 410-222-7343.

Breast cancer awareness

The Department of Health's Learn to Live program is offering a free women's health kit that includes information on breast 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 go to learntolivehealthy.org.

Online report card

The county Department of Health's 2014 annual report card provides statistics related to mortality trends, cancer incidence, overweight and obesity, communicable diseases and other public health topics. The report highlights county progress made in adult smokers and colorectal cancer screenings. View the report at aahealth.org. Information 410-222-7203.

Raccoon rabies project

The county health department has begun its raccoon oral rabies vaccination project to immunize thousands of wild raccoons by placing approximately 85,000 rabies vaccine baits throughout the county. Trained bait teams, wearing shirts with the Department of Health logo, will place the bait in likely raccoon habitats. In addition, a county police helicopter, flying at low altitudes, will be used to distribute bait in less-populated areas. Information: visit aahealth.org/orv or call the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-222-0056. Ext. 3025.

Walk for better health

Walking is the most popular form of physical activity. A Web page sponsored by the Department of Health, aahealth.org/walk, features information about walking programs, trails and tracks.

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. Information: 410-222-4508 or aahealth.org/alerts. Also, the health department reminds county residents about health risks that are associated with natural bodies of water and with eating raw shellfish. Eating raw shellfish can cause Vibrio- and Mycobacterium marinum-related illnesses. Visit aahealth.org.

Quit smoking

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