Quit-smoking resources

The Learn to Live program, in partnership with community medical providers, will sponsor free quit-smoking classes for adults who live, work and attend school in the county. Classes include counseling and may include nicotine replacement therapy. Pre-registration is required at the following health care providers.

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Health Sciences Institute, 2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Classes begin in March and May. Information: 443-481-4000 or 1-800-636-8773.

Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Classes begin in March and May. Information: 410-787-4367 or visit http://www.mybwmc.org.

Harbor Hospital, LifeResource Center, 2990 South Hanover Street. A class will begin April. Information 410-350-2563 or visit http://www.harborhospital.org.classes.

Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Road, West River. Classes will begin in April. Information 410-867-4700.

Support groups

The Joslin Circle A diabetes support group discusses issues regarding management of the disease. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, Suite 223, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4940.

Man-to-Man prostate cancer Offers information about diagnosis, treatment and management. The group meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in the Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367.

Stroke A support group meets to discuss stroke recovery and prevention from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4457.

Caregivers A group provides information, respite and support to people who give care to family and friends. The group meets 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Heritage Office Complex in the Department of Aging and Disabilities office, fourth floor, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Diabetes For diabetics and their families, the group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4940.

Joint School A free session on the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip- and knee-replacement surgery will be held at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every other month at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information and reservations: 410-553-8282.

Suicide support group for age 18 and older meets monthly on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Life Center, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis. Registration is required. Information: 410-987-2129.

'Stepping Stones,' a support group for children ages 8-13 who are grieving the loss of a loved one, meets from 10 a.m. to noon monthly on Saturdays at the Life Center, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis. Registration is required. Information: 410-987-2129.

Screenings

•March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Anne Arundel county after lung cancer. Screenings and informational kits are available through the Health Department's Learn to Live program. To order a free kit call the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or learntolivehealthy.org. Also, the Department of Health's LifeScreen program offers free colorectal cancer screening to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income eligible. Information: 410-222-6640.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers vision and hearing screenings for children in pre-school, kindergarten, first and eighth grades. Special education students receiving speech therapy may also be recommended for screening. Students in the following schools and programs will be screened in March.

Central Special, St. Paul's Lutheran School, Monday and Tuesday.

Heritage Learning Center, Indian Creek School, South County Pre-kindergarten Co-op, Wednesday and Thursday.