World TB Day
The Department of Health observes World TB Day March 24 with a display in the lobby of the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Tuberculosis, a disease caused by bacteria, is transmitted through the air, usually by coughing and sneezing. Since 2005, there have been more than 75 confirmed cases of active TB among county residents. Visitors can view the display for free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays this week. Information: Call 410-222-7256 or visit http://www.aahealth.org.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 at 301 Hospital Drive. The bloodmobile will be outside the Discharge Lobby. Information: 410-787-4367.
Nutrition and exercise classes
The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer classes on healthy living through nutrition and exercise. Classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 and April 30; from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 4 and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 12 at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, Suite 119, 300 Hospital Drive. Cost is $25. Information and registration: 410-787-4940.
The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health has a new healthful eating kit that features a free cookbook and tips that will help you select foods high in fiber and low in fat and sodium. Recipes are also quick, easy and economical. Information: visit http://www.LearntoLiveHealthy.org or call 410-222-7979.
Tobacco sales compliance
The health department's Learn to Live program offers to retailers a tobacco sales compliance kit. The kit includes a training guide that explains Maryland's tobacco laws. It's illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 in the state of Maryland. The free kit is available by calling the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visiting http://www.aahealth.org/ltl_pdf/compliancekit.pdf.
Free flu vaccine clinics
The Department of Health provides free seasonal flu vaccine at walk-in clinics in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Both the injectable and nasal spray vaccines are available. For details, call the flu information line at 410-222-7343 or visit http://www.aahealth.org.
Guide to school health
The Department of Health website, http://www.aahealth.org, offers information on school health services for the 2011-2012 school year. The page provides information on bullying, keeping kids smoke-free, flu prevention, treatment of head lice and communicable diseases, and more.
Health report card
The Department of Health has announced its annual report card of community health indicators. The report highlights progress in lowering death rates from stroke, diabetes and breast cancer. County residents have met nationally set goals for getting screened for cholesterol levels, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Lung cancer and melanoma mortality rates were higher in Anne Arundel County than in Maryland as a whole. Information: aahealth.org or 410-222-7202.
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 about the alert services, visit http://www.aahealth.org. Click on "sign-up" to receive health alerts; or call the public information office at 410-222-4508.
Patient disability pamphlet
The county Commission on Disability Issues offers a pamphlet, "Doctors' Offices and Patients with Disabilities Working Together," that offers suggestions for doctors to make visits go more smoothly, including information on training staff, obtaining equipment for the disabled and accommodating service animals. To obtain a copy, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Office at 410-222-4464, ext. 3056; or http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on "Doctor's Office Brochure."