Anne Arundel Medical Center offers a new monthly education series titled "DocsTALK." The first program will discuss the truth about breast cancer and heart disease at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Health Sciences Pavilion, seventh floor, Doordan Institute, Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Dr. Lorraine Tafra, medical director of the AAMC Breast Center, and Dr. Barbara Hutchinson, medical director of the AAMC Heart & Vascular Unit, will speak. Information: 443-481-5555 or http://www.aahs.org/docstalk.
Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities present a free six-week class on "Living Well with Chronic Conditions." Presenters will discuss methods of dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, and cover appropriate exercises, nutrition, treatment and medications. Students will learn to fight fatigue, make daily tasks easier and communicate with family and health professionals.
Care for cancer patients
The Wellness House of Annapolis offers services and programs for those living with cancer and for their relatives, including children. Walk-in hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free for cancer patients, caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas-Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or email@example.com.
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 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."
Nutrition and exercise The Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer classes in nutrition and exercise, discussing simple lifestyle changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and to prevent diabetes. Classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 and Nov. 28; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 11 and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the center, 300 Hospice Drive, Suite 119. Cost is $25. Registration required. Information: 410-787-4940.
Lunch and health seminars The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce health care and wellness committee has teamed up with ShopRite of Glen Burnie to offer free health seminars from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the ShopRite community meeting room, 6710 Ritchie Highway. Topics for discussion are: defeating diabetes, breakthroughs in breast cancer, sun protection, Alzheimer's awareness, fighting cancer with a fork, and high- and low-glycemic foods. ShopRite's corporate dietitian, Natalie Menza, will coordinate all lunches. Registration required. Information: 410-766-8282 or visit http://www.naaccc.com.
Free flu vaccine The Department of Health will provide seasonal flu vaccinations at the following walk-in clinics. Donations are accepted. Both the injectable and the nasal-spray vaccines will be available. Go to http://www.aahealth.org or call the flu information line at 410-222-7343:
•Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15.
•Glen Burnie Center, 416 A Street, S.W. Glen Burnie, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Information: 410-222-6633.
•Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 410-222-7243.
Screenings The Department of Health will offer in-school vision and hearing screenings for public school children in preschool, kindergarten, and first and eighth grades. Students will be screened at the following schools and programs in October:
•Crofton Meadows Elementary, Magothy River Middle, Monday, Oct. 24, and Tuesday, Oct. 25.
•Linthicum Elementary, Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 27.
•Creative Beginnings Preschool, Friday, Oct. 28.
•Chesapeake Montessori, Monday, Oct. 31.
Information: Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor, 410-222-6838.
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; the next meeting will be Nov. 16 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.
'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. Registration is required for all groups. Information: 410-987-2129.
•The county Health Department provides free breast exams, mammograms, pap tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180.
•Colorectal screenings and informational kits are available through the Health Department'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, 410-222-6640 or learntolivehealthy.org.
The county Health Department offers:
•Children's immunization shots at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Information: 410-222-4896 or the community health section at aahealth.org/immunizations.
•Back-to-school immunizations at area health centers. Information: 410-222-4896 or visit aahealth.org/immunizations.
•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.
•Free healthy pregnancy and baby care kits from the Anne Arundel Healthy Babies Coalition. The kits contain useful information for pregnant women, parents, grandparents and caregivers of children from birth to 5 years old. Information: http://www.aahealthybabies.org or call 410-222-7223. For information about car seats and a list of inspection locations, call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats: 800-370-7328. To take the online "Taking Care of a Baby" class, which includes information on safe sleeping and how to calm a crying baby, go to aahealthybabies.org.
•Free quit-smoking classes and kits for county residents 18 and older. Information: Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979; or learntolivehealthy.org.
•Free confidential testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS. 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 through Community Treatment Services. Information: 410-222-0117. Methadone and suboxone maintenance services through the Health Department's adult addictions clinic: 410-222-0100.
•Education and outreach programs for adolescents and parents. Topics for discussion include benefits of abstinence, responsible decision-making, pregnancy prevention and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Information: Healthy Teens and Young Adults, 410-222-4468.
•The REACH health care program offers low-cost doctor visits, checkups, prescription medicine, lab work and tests, radiology services and dental services to uninsured county residents. Information: 410-222-4531.
•Comprehensive medical coverage to income-eligible families, children and pregnant women through managed-care organizations through the Medical Assistance for Families/MCHP program. Applications: 410-222-4792.
•Maryland birth certificates. Information: http://www.aahealth.org or 410-222-4462.
•Behavioral health services for children 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 WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, education, breastfeeding support and resource referrals to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and children up to age 5. To qualify, call 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).
•The county Health Department offers Lyme disease information and prevention tips at http://www.aahealth.org or by calling 410-222-7256. Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose because there may be no symptoms, or symptoms may mimic other diseases. In 2010, Anne Arundel County had 114 cases, and in 2009, 194 cases.
•The Learn to Live program offers a free archive of more than 650 recipes low in saturated and trans fats and high in fiber. Many are suited for diabetic, meatless and low-sodium diets. Visit learntolivehealthy.org, click on "Healthy Recipes Search" under "Food And Fitness."
•The Learn to Live program offers Sun Smart kits to protect the skin year-round. The kit contains a guidebook with tips for selecting and applying sunscreen and information on skin cancer detection. To order a kit, call the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visit http://www.learntolivehealthy.org.
•A free booklet, "Don't Let Us Get Hooked on Tobacco," is available to parents who want to dissuade children and teens from smoking. The booklet is sponsored by the Learn to Live program and can be ordered or downloaded online at http://www.learntolivehealthy.org. Information: 410-222-7979.
•The Prescription Discount Program is available to all county residents of any age and income. Information: 410-222-4531 or visit http://www.scriptsave.com and log in using Group #586.
•The Learn to Live program offers an annual newsletter for child care providers and parents. The newsletter includes healthy eating tips, advice on when to keep ill children home, facts on pertussis (whooping cough), and approaches to prevent temper tantrums. In additions to Building Blocks, Learn to Live offers many publications for parents and child care providers that can be ordered from the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or on the website http://www.learntolivehealthy.org.