•The county Health Department offers free breast exams, mammograms, AP tests and cervical-cancer screenings to eligible county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180 or learntolivehealthy.org.
The Department of Health will conduct mandated vision and hearing screenings in public schools for children in preschool, kindergarten, first and eighth grade and for students new to Anne Arundel County schools. Students in the following schools and programs will be screened in January.
•St Mary's Elementary, St. Paul's Lutheran School, Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Thursday, Jan. 23
•Faith Baptist Child Development Center, Thursday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan. 24
•Community United Methodist Preschool, His Kid's Preschool, Friday, Jan. 24
•Hebron-Harman Elementary, Jan. 29 and 30
•Corkran Middle, Jan. 30
•Bay Country Children's Learning Center, Messiah United Methodist Preschool, Severna Park Baptist Church's Weekday Early Education Center, Jan. 31
For additional information call vision and hearing technician supervisor Kim Roussey at 410-222-6838.
The Learn To Live program of the Department of Health offers a free archive of more than 675 healthy recipes; most 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."
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.
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: 410-305-5300.
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 Learn to Live at 410-222-7979. Information: 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. Information: 410-222-4508 or aahealth.org/alerts.