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Anti-smoking kit is still available

and community groups have until Friday to order free supplies for Tobacco-Free Kids Week from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

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The free materials include Smoking Stinks pencils, stickers and T-shirts for the organizers. Groups must register their event when ordering the supplies. A planning kit that contains ideas for anti-tobacco activities can be requested at any time. Tobacco Free Kids Week is March 9-15.

Planning kits and supplies can be ordered from Learn To Live Line, 410-222-7979, or from the TFK Week section of the Smoking Stinks Web site, www.smokingstinks-aaco.org.

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This is the 13th year for Anne Arundel County's Tobacco-Free Kids Week. During the week, schools and community groups will hold anti-tobacco activities to rally youth against tobacco use. Last year, 165 groups held events for more than 69,000 young people. Tobacco-Free Kids Week is part of Smoking Stinks, a Learn To Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Heart-healthy recipes available

To celebrate National Heart Health Month in February, the Learn To Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health is offering a free set of recipes that promote good heart health. Crab dip, broccoli and pepper stir-fry and lemon parmesan tilapia are high in fiber, low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol and sodium. Many of the recipes are suitable for a diabetic diet, and nutritional information is provided with each one.

To get the recipes, call the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visit aahealth.org.

Outreach Center has foot screenings

The following activities will be offered by Baltimore Washington Medical Center's Outreach Center at Arundel Mills Mall, between Dave and Buster's and Entrance No. 4 this month:

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

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Information: 410-787-4367.

Medical Center lists coming events

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities this month:

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

Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Joint School: discussion on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery, 410-553-8282.

Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Meeting of Joslin Circle, a diabetes suppport group, to discuss diabetes management. Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Dr., Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

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Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Day of Dance for Health at Severna Park Health Center. Screenings include cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, as well as educational presentations. 410-787-4367.

Feb. 27, 6 p.m., University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness free seminar on weight loss. Registration required. 410-328-8940.

Information: 410-787-553-8129.

Cancer support group plans events

Compass, a new support group sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center for individuals with metastatic cancer, meets regularly to discuss treatment options, listen to guest speakers and socialize.

Upcoming events include:

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Feb. 28 -- 5:30 p.m., dinner out at restaurant, to be determined.

March 13 -- 6:30 p.m., guest speaker Dr. Stephanie Porter discusses complementary therapies and related topics. Early dinner out before speaker. Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2002 Medical Parkway, Annapolis.

March 25 -- 10:30 a.m., Coffee at Zu, Bay Forest Shopping Center, 934 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis.

May 3 -- Living Beyond Breast Cancer's second annual Conference for Women Living with Advanced Breast Cancer. West Conshohocken, Pa.

Information: Dian "CJ" Corneliussen-James at 443-481-5357, or dcornelius@aahs.org.

Health clinics offer free flu shots

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The Anne Arundel County Department of Health continues to provide free flu immunization clinics at area health centers. Both the flu shot and the nasal spray vaccine are available. The health centers' walk-in clinics are:

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis -- 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. 410-222-7247.

Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road -- 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. 410-222-6660.

Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. SW -- 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. 410-222-6633.

The centers will also schedule appointments at other times during the week. Immunizations are free, but donations of $20 are appreciated. Medicare Part B will cover the $20 donation, but individuals must bring their Medicare cards.

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

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Harbor Hospital lists activities

Harbor Hospital will offer the following activities this month:

Harbor senior event: Heart to Harbor, Feb. 26., 2 p.m., Harbor Hospital LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Discussion on heart disease and its prevention. Registration. 410-350-2563

Menopause management, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m., Harbor Hospital LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Dinner and discussion on menopause. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Information: 410-350-2563.

Men can shape up and get healthy

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For men who want to shape up and get healthy, the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers two free resources.

HIM (Health Ideas for Men) is a magazine for men who want to maximize their health. Stories include: "Your Personal Best Body," "Fast Food: How to Take Out and Trim Down," and "Quit and Win: Ten Ways to Stop Smoking."

Men can also find tips for boosting their health and fitness on the Men's Health Web page. Health topics include exercise, healthy eating, preventing cancer and quitting smoking. It also has links on these and other subjects, such as sexually transmitted diseases, colorectal cancer and sun safety.

Information can be requested from the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or downloaded from the Department of Health Web site, www.aahealth.org.


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