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Anne Arundel Health briefs

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis, an organization that offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their loved ones, including children, now has twice-a-week walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free and are open to cancer patients, caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required for all classes. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or wellnesshouse@comcast.net.

Scholarship for childrenof breast cancer patients

The Joan Lauffer Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund will award up to $1,000 to a college-bound high school senior who has or had a parent with breast cancer. The student should attend public or private school in Anne Arundel County.

Write an essay, one to three paragraphs, explaining how cancer has affected your family and how the scholarship will help. The deadline is May 31. Send the essay to wm.lauffer@gmail.com with name, age, phone number, e-mail address, high school, college/university hoping to attend (either two- or four-year) and prospective major or area of interest. The fund is named for Joan Lauffer, a 25-year resident of Edgewater and Riva and a mother of four who died in 2004 after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She started the fund to help ease the financial and emotional burden of students dealing with a parent with breast cancer. Information: 410-956-0791.

Food shopping education

Sponsored by the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, educators will answer questions on nutrition and distribute free low-fat recipes.

Safeway, Waugh Chapel, 2644 Chapel Lake Drive, Grambrills: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 21; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23.

Sun safety

Mascot Alex The Alligator will visit Anne Arundel county public library branches in June to teach children ages 3 to 6 about sun safety. Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program. Alex will visit:

10 a.m. June 1, West county area, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton

10 a.m. June 2, South county branch, 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale

10 a.m. June 8, Severna Park branch, 45 McKinsey Road, Severna Park

2 p.m. June 8, Edgewater branch, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

10 a.m. June 9, Broadneck branch, 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis

Information on skin cancer prevention or to order a free Sun Smart Kit: http://www.LearnToLiveHealthy.org or the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979.

Cooking with beans

The Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health has a new healthful-eating kit. Adding beans to your daily diet will help save money and bring flavor and nutrition to the table. To receive a kit, call the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or order a kit from the website at LearnToLiveHealthy.org. Click on "Eat Smart."

Continuing services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers:

•Children's immunization shots at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Boosters are given before entering kindergarten. Information: 410-222-4896 or the community health section of http://www.aahealth.org.

•Family planning services with free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams, lab tests and low-cost birth control supplies to women younger than 25. For an appointment: 410-222-7144.

•Healthy pregnancy and baby-care kits are available by calling the Tot's Line at 1-877-817-8687. This confidential help line offers advice and county service referrals for pregnant women, parents and caregivers of children up to age 5.

•WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals. To qualify, county residents must meet income guidelines. Information: 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).

•Free quit-smoking classes and kits are offered to county residents 18 and older. Contact the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or http://www.LearnToLiveHealthy.org. Also, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Owensville Primary Care will offer free quit-smoking classes sponsored by the Health Department. Information: Anne Arundel Medical Center, 443-481-4000, or the Owensville center, 410-867-4700. Pre-registration is required.

•HIV/AIDS services include free confidential testing and counseling. Call for an appointment: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.

•Substance abuse treatment services are available through Community Treatment Services. Information: 410-222-0117. Methadone and Suboxone maintenance services are available through the Department of Health's adult addictions clinic, 410-222-0100.

•Education and outreach programs for adolescents and parents. Topics for discussion are: benefits of abstinence, responsible decision-making, pregnancy prevention and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Information: Healthy Teens and Young Adults, 410-222-4468.

•Prescription discount program is available to all county residents. Information or to apply: 410-222-4531 and mention Group No. 586 or scriptsave.com and log in using Group No. 586.

•The Medical Assistance for Families/MCHP program offers comprehensive medical coverage to income-eligible families, children and pregnant women through managed-care organizations (MCOs). For an application: 410-222-4792.

•Maryland birth certificates are available through the Health Department. Information: aahealth.org/about_vitalrec.asp or 410-222-4462.

•Behavioral health services for children and teens ages 5 to 18 and their families. For mental health services and referrals: 410-222-6785. For substance abuse services: 410-222-6725 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

•The REACH health care program for uninsured adults is provided by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health in partnership with the county's medical society. REACH offers county residents low-cost doctor visits, checkups, prescription medicine, lab work and tests, radiology services and dental services. Information: 410-222-4531.

•Medical assistance transportation services are available to clients with a valid Maryland Medical Assistance/Health Choice Card with no means of public or private transportation to and from medical appointments. Information: 410-222-7152.

Calendar

Senior activities at the Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold.

•Mondays, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Scrabble

•1 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 19: drumming workshop

•1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. May 26: L'Ecole de Danse group

•11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2: Charles Taylor and the Availables

•12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 4: Chefs on the Go!

•6 a.m. June 9: Annual charter fishing trip

Information: 410-222-1922.

Caregiver workshop Event presented free by the National Family Caregiver Support program of Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and sponsored by Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living.

• May 17 , Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park

•June 3, 10, and 17, Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena

•June 9, 16 and 23, O' Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. All workshops will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043, or register online at http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/NeedingCare/compCaregiver.cfm.

Also, a caregivers support group meeting will be held 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 18 and the third Tuesday of every month at the Department of Aging and Disabilities office, fourth floor, 2666 Riva Road.

Diabetes prevention Baltimore Washington Medical Center offers classes in diabetes prevention at the Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 119. Classes will be held:

•2 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 24.

•5 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 2.

•9 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 11.

Classes are recommended for those interested in learning more about how eating healthfully and being more active can affect overall health and wellness. Cost is $25 per class. Registration: 410-787-4940.

Health fair

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will offer memory, hearing and vision screenings and mini-massages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Representatives from Anne Arundel Medical Center and Hospice of the Chesapeake will be available to answer questions. Information: 410-222-1927.

Substance abuse, violence prevention grants

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's alcohol and drug abuse prevention and education services program is seeking community organizations to apply for fiscal year 2011 grants to implement the strengthening families and second-step model programs, approved by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Grant awards range from $1,500 to $15,000. Staff training and the purchase of a curriculum will be included in the expenses for the grant award. Application deadline is June 4. The community grant program guidelines and application are available on the department's Web site, http://www.aahealth.org, under "Hot Topics" or "Behavioral Health." Information or grant applications: Heather Eshleman at 410-222-6724.

Screenings

•The Anne Arundel County Health Department provides free breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible female county residents ages 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180.

•Colorectal screenings and informational kits are available through the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live Program. Screenings are free to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income-eligible. To order a free kit, Learn To Live Line, 410-222-7979, or LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

•The Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer free screenings at the Arundel Mills Outreach Center, between Dave and Buster's and mall entrance No. 4.

Podiatry: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 10 and 24

Blood pressure: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 1 and 15.

Information: 410-787-4367.

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