HEALTH BRIEFS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Hospice of the Chesapeake receives grant from UPS

The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, recently awarded the Hospice of the Chesapeake a $25,000 grant to support the organization's youth programs and services to include their bereavement camps for children and teens, Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising. The foundation is committed to funding programs that make a meaningful difference in supporting children and teens experiencing grief and loss.

Lifetime achievement award

The Hospice Network of Maryland recently honored Erwin E. Abrams, president and CEO of Hospice of the Chesapeake, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given by the group to recognize individuals who have spent a significant portion of their career making a positive impact on the quality of care for dying patients and their families. Hospice of the Chesapeake's mission is to improve the quality of life for those experiencing advanced illness or bereavement through hospice and compassionate support and education.

Tobacco-free kids

2010 Tobacco-Free Kids Week Planning Kits can be reserved now. Schools and community groups can reserve Activity Planning Kits from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Kits will be mailed in December and can be requested from the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or ordered from the Tobacco-Free Kids Week page on the Smoking Stinks Web site, smokingstinks.org. The county's 15th annual Tobacco-Free Kids Week is Feb. 22 to 28.

Free newsletter/magazine

Presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program, the newsletter Building Blocks discusses ADHD in young children and provides tips and resources to help child care providers and parents.

Free copies of HIM (Health Ideas for Men) magazine are available at the Department of Health, J. Howard Beard Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. The magazine features articles on exercises that encourage fitness, eating healthy while dining out, quitting smoking and preventing skin cancer. HIM also can be requested by calling the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or go to LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

Partners and sponsors

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is accepting partnership and sponsorship opportunities to businesses and other private-sector agencies.

Opportunities include the Family Caregiver workshop series, the annual Caregivers' Wellness Day, the annual caregivers' conference, the Planning for the Future workshop series and sponsorships for publications and various products.

Sponsorship categories start at $500. To obtain a sponsor agreement form, call 410-222-4257, ext. 3051. The department does not endorse any particular vendor or business and has the right to approve or reject potential sponsors.

Spanish-language line

A Spanish-speaking operator will answer calls to the Aprenda a Vivir Spanish Language Line of the Anne Arundel County Health Department at 410-222-4479, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Callers can leave messages at other times. Information about community health services and free Spanish-language informational materials are available.

Baby care kits

Free pregnancy and baby care kits are available through the Department of Health and the Healthy Babies Coalition. To order the kits, go to aahealthybabies.org or call the tot's line at 1-800-817-8687.

Continuing services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers the community:

* Adolescent health services, providing confidential, free or low-cost health education, pregnancy testing, birth control, exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, counseling, referrals and family planning services. Clinic services are available at North County Health Services (410-222-6625) and Parole Health Center (410-222-7247).

* Family planning services offer free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams, lab tests and low-cost birth-control supplies to women younger than 25. Call 410-222-7144 for an appointment.

* WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals. To qualify, county residents must meet income guidelines. Call 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 go to myquitkit.org for additional information.

* 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.

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

* Parent's kit for talking to your teen about sex and talking to your parent about sex can be ordered on the Web site aahealth.org (search "Talking to Teens") or call 410-222-4468.

* Prescription discount program is available to all county residents of any age and income. For more information or to apply, call 410-222-4531 and mention Group #586 or go to scriptsave.com and log in using Group#586.

Calendar

Hospice Cup artwork: Hospice Cup Inc. is calling for all artists, from painters to photographers, to submit work to serve as the official image of Hospice Cup XXIX taking place in Annapolis in September. Deadline to submit artwork is Jan. 15. The judging will be done by board members and hospices and announced in February. Artists may submit their original work of "Racing and Sailing Representations" to a participating hospice in the D.C., Virginia or Maryland area or by contacting Karma O'Neill, Hospice Cup Inc. executive director, at 410-919-8393.

The winning artwork will appear in promotional advertisements, videos, event T-shirts and posters. The chosen image will become the property of the Hospice Cup Inc.; the winning artist will receive full recognition for the image. The image will also be donated to the 2010 Shore Party Auction after the race to help raise funds for hospice services. For additional information, go to hospicecup.org.

Senior insurance: A senior health insurance program (SHIP) will be offered the first Tuesday of every month beginning Jan. 5, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold. Call for appointment at 410-222-1922.

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

* 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5 and June 2.

* 9 a.m to 10 a.m. Feb. 12, April 9 and June 11.

* 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25, March 22 and May 24.

Classes are recommended for those interested in learning more about how eating more healthfully and being more active can affect overall health and wellness. Cost is $25 per class. To register call the Joslin center at 410-787-4940.

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