HEALTH NOTES

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Funding available for septic upgrade

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is funding nitrogen-reducing units for septic systems through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, which is supported by a state grant.

Applications are available on the department's Web site at www.aahealth.org or by calling 410-222-7193.

Nitrogen-reducing pretreatment units are designed to decrease nitrogen in wastewater and extend the life of a septic system. Reducing excess nitrogen from septic systems helps protect against algal blooms, low oxygen and fish kills.

Septic systems in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, the land within 1,000 feet of the bay and its tributaries, receive priority for grants.

The BRF helps fund the unit and its installation, county application and permit fees and a five-year service contract. The BRF does not cover costs to repair or replace a septic system; however, the department has a program to help income-eligible residents repair or replace a failed septic system.

Information: www.aahealth.org or 410-222-7193.

Make the holiday safe for eating

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers the following safety tips to cooks as they prepare seasonal foods:

At the grocery store, purchase cold foods like meat and poultry last. Get them home quickly and put them in the refrigerator. Freeze meats if not cooking them within two days.

Make sure to wash hands and surfaces with warm, soapy water before and after handling food or eating. Wash fresh produce thoroughly.

To cook meat safely, use a food thermometer and follow temperature guidelines.

Don't leave food at room temperature for more than two hours.

Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator, under cold running water or in the microwave. Cook immediately after thawing, if using water or the microwave.

Divide leftovers into shallow containers for rapid cooling. Put food directly in the refrigerator or freezer.

Cut turkey off the bone and refrigerate stuffing and turkey separately.

Use cooked leftovers within four days, reheating them thoroughly to 165 degrees or above. Reheating smaller portions of a large cut of meat or poultry ensures a more uniform reheat.

Information: the Housing and Food Protection Program at 410-222-7239 or www.aahealth.org.

Ceremony lights way for remembering

The Hospice of the Chesapeake Auxiliary is hosting its annual Tree of Lights ceremony at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane in Linthicum.

This ceremony is an occasion during the holiday season to remember the loss of loved ones. It will begin with the lighting of the Tree of Lights followed by meditation and music.

For a contribution of $25, participants will receive an ornament hand-painted with the name of a loved one. In addition, a dove bearing that person's name will be placed on a memory wall.

All proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center.

To order an ornament and dove, call Bev Coakley at 410-793-0342 or Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center at 410-987-2129.

Harbor Hospital has full schedule

Harbor Hospital will be offering the following services and activities:

Today 5:30 p.m., discussion on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, LifeResource Center 2990 S. Hanover St. Dinner will be served. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Tomorrow, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., free prostate cancer screening, LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., flu shot clinic, LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Cost: $15 for general public and $12 for Harbor Hikers and Marley Milers. Medicare Part B recipients are free, but please bring your Medicare card. Appointment required. 410-350-2563

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., flu shot clinic, LifeResource Center 2990 S. Hanover St. Cost: $15 for general public and $12 for Harbor Hikers and Marley Milers. Medicare Part B recipients are free, but please bring your Medicare card. Appointment required. 410-350-2563

Tuesday, 5:45 p.m., "Latest Techniques in Knee Replacements," Ecker Business Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Free weight-bearing X-rays will be provided for the first 20 callers. Dinner will be served. Registration required. 410-350-2563.

Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., osteoarthritis, discussion on symptoms and treatment for this form of arthritis. Dinner will be served. Ecker Business Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Online option at imaging center

Anne Arundel Diagnostics, the radiology and diagnostic imaging provider of Anne Arundel Health System Inc., allows patients to make requests for appointments online at its new Web site, www.AnneArundelDiagnostics.com.

The site includes a form for patients to provide basic information, such as the kind of examination needed, the physician's name and the most convenient location for the appointment. Information is secure and protected, and can be viewed only by the customer service representative fielding the request. Patients can list up to three contact phone numbers and specify the time of day they prefer to be contacted.

Anne Arundel Diagnostics has six locations in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

Information: 888-909-XRAY (9729) or www.AnneArundelDiagnostics.com.

Hospice shop holding clearance

Chesapeake Treasures, the resale shop that benefits Hospice of the Chesapeake, is holding its fall clearance sale through the end of the month, offering 50 percent off on some items.

Donations are not accepted during the clearance sale but will resume in December.

Customers who spend at least $10 in the shop this month will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket valued at more than $125. The drawing will be held Dec. 3.

The volunteer-managed store is in the Park Plaza Shopping Center, at 558-D Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Chesapeake Treasures is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Information: 410-384-9260.

Child safety seat inspections offered

The Anne Arundel County Health Department will offer free child safety seat education and inspections at the following locations:

Tomorrow and Dec. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Appointment required. 410-222-6620.

Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to noon, Health Services Building, 3 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Appointment required. 410-222-4223.

Infants should be in rear-facing safety seats in the back seat until at least 1 year old and 20 pounds, or to the highest weight and weight requirement by the manufacturer. Children who weigh 20 to 40 pounds can ride in a front-facing toddler's seat in the rear, while children 40 to 80 pounds can ride in booster seats in the rear seat.

Hospice offers grief seminars

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center will offer two Hope Full Holidays seminars to help people deal with grief during the holidays.

Topics of discussion at the free seminars will be:

Increased stress during the holiday season.

Strategies for grieving during the holidays and the rest of the winter, and tools for reshaping traditions.

Information about grief and its physical, social, behavioral, psychological and spiritual effects.

A team of hospice bereavement counselors and specialists will present the Hope Full Holidays seminars at Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 10 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Participants need to attend only one seminar. Adults and children are welcome. Registration is required.

Information: 410-987-2129 or www.hospicechesapeake.org.

County has begun flu vaccine clinics

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has begun flu immunization clinics around the county.

Injectable and nasal-spray vaccines will be provided at the Health Services Building clinics Dec. 11. The nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 to 49. It is not for pregnant women.

Pneumococcal vaccine will be available at all clinic locations. It is recommended for those who are 65 or older, have chronic heart or pulmonary conditions, have lost their spleens or have sickle cell anemia. For most people, pneumococcal vaccine is needed once in a lifetime.

Immunizations are free, but the department accepts donations to help defray the cost of administering the vaccines. The suggested donation is $20. Medicare Part B covers the $20 donation for flu and pneumococcal vaccines. Medicare cards must be shown.

The clinics will held:

Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, Maryland City Fire Station, 3498 Fort Meade Road, Laurel.

Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway South.

Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, CALT Building, Room 100, 101 College Parkway, Arnold.

Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to noon, Orchard Beach Fire Station, 7549 Solley Road, Glen Burnie.

Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon, Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold.

Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to noon, Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park.

Dec. 11, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Services Building, 3 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

Information: 410-222-7343 or www.aahealth.org.

Hospital activities include screenings

Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie is offering the following activities:

Today, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screenings, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Today, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Caregivers Support Group, first-floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. 410-553-8129.

Today, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Joslin Circle, a diabetes support group, meets to discuss diabetes management, Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Surviving Breast Cancer education and support program, first-floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. 410-553-8129.

Nov. 21, 4 p.m., Joint School, a free educational session on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery. Reservations. 410-553-8282.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital to offer screenings at mall

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer screenings and activities at its Arundel Mills Outreach Center, between Dave and Buster's and mall entrance No. 4:

Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Monday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., county Department of Aging will offer information about its services and answer questions.

Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Therapist to join association board

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation has voted Baltimore Washington Medical Center cardiopulmonary rehabilitation therapist Debbie Lund to its board of directors.

The board consists of 12 AACVPR members from across the country as well as Canada.

An employee of BWMC for 22 years, Lund has been with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program since its inception in 1985.

Calendar

Flu shots -- Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a free health fair and flu shots from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Screenings will include feet, blood pressure, neck and back. Flu shots will be first-come, first-served. 410-787-4367.

Blood drive -- The American Red Cross will hold a blood donor drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park. Anyone ages 17 and up who weighs at least 110 pounds can donate blood every 56 days. 410-647-6353.

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