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Anne Arundel County health briefs

August 16, 2013

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Grief workshop

The Chesapeake Life Center will sponsor the workshop "What Grief Teaches" for ages 18 and older from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Annapolis location, 445 Defense Highway. Information: 410-987-2129 or visit chesapeakelifecenter.org.

Chronic conditions

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a free six-week workshop from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept 26 through Oct. 31 at BWMC's radiology conference room 301 Hospital Drive, lower level, Glen Burnie. The workshop is also offered to caregivers and includes managing diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain or anxiety and heart disease. Registration: 410-222-4366 or visit aacounty.org/aging.

West Nile virus

The Department of Health reminds residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites to help prevent the West Nile virus. The Maryland Department of Agriculture mosquito control program provides surveillance, larvicide application and mosquito spraying services in the county. Information: 410-841-5870 or http://www.aahealth.org.

Guide to school health

Parents and guardians can visit the Department of Health's website, aahealth.org/parentguide, to find information on bullying, smoke-free kids and flu prevention. Other topics include head lice, safe backpacking and easy-to-prepare school lunches. The web page also links to a directory of school nurses in county public schools.

Support groups

Lung cancer The group provides emotional support and information to patients and families coping with a diagnosis of lung cancer. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Donner Pavilion, Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway in Annapolis. Information: 1-800-966-2619. Registration: aamcevents.com.

Breastfeeding Mothers discuss topics determined by participants and directed by a certified lactation consultant. Babies, grandparents and care providers welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the Sajak Pavilion, second floor, 2002 Medical Parkway in Annapolis. Register online at aamcevents.com.

Joslin Circle A diabetes support group discusses issues regarding management of the disease. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, Suite 223, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie. Information: call 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, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: call 410-787-4367 or the American Cancer Society, 410-421-4304.

Stroke support 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 in Glen Burnie. Information: call 410-787-4457.

Caregivers 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 Rd. in Annapolis.

Suicide support group For ages 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: call 410-987-2129.

'Stepping Stones' A support group for children ages 8 to 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: call 410-987-2129.

Diabetes support group Open to all people with diabetes and their families to better understand living with diabetes. Meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223 in Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4940. Also, nutrition and exercise classes will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 12; and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24, in the center. Reservations a must. Cost per class $25.

Screenings

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 visit 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: call 410-222-6640.

•The county Health Department offers free breast exams, mammograms, AP tests and cervical-cancer screenings to eligible county residents 40 and older. Information: call 410-222-6180 or visit learntolivehealthy.org.

Healthful eating

The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers a free archive of more than 675 healthy recipes. Most recipes 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."

Quit smoking

The Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers quit-smoking and power-to-quit-smoking kits. Kits are available from the Learn to Live line, 410-222-7979, or from the Spanish-language line, 410-222-4479 or visit learntolivehealthy.org.