A diabetes educator leads a program offering suggestions on how to make nutrition and exercise changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. The program will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive. Cost: $25 (cash or check). Information and reservations: call 410-787-4940.
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. Aug. 21 at the Annapolis location, 445 Defense Highway. The center is registering participants for Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising. Camp Nabi is a weekend camp for grieving children ages 6 to 13 and Phoenix Rising is a weekend retreat for teens who will explore coping strategies while making new friends. Both programs will be held the weekend of Aug. 9, 10 and 11 at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville. Information: call 410-987-2129 or visit chesapeakelifecenter.org.
Summer health, safety tips
The Department of Health offers sun and water safety tips, Lyme disease information for prevention and detection, as well as food safety recommendations designed to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses at picnics, barbecues and other outdoor activities. Visit the "Hot Topics" section of the health department's website, aahealth.org.
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.
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."
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. Also, quit-smoking classes are offered at the following health providers:
•Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2000 Medical Parkway, Health Sciences Institute in Annapolis. Information: call 443-481-4000 or 1-800-MD-NURSE. Free self-help information to help adults and teens quit smoking. Visit aamcevents.com.
•Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Tate Cancer Center in Glen Burnie. Information: call 410-787-4367 or visit mybwmc.org.
•Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Rd. in West River. Information: call 410-867-4700.
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: call 410-305-5300.
The Department of Health offers free, confidential testing and counseling for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Call for an appointment at the center in Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6636; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: call 410-222-7108.
Men's health kits