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Anne Arundel County 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, their 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. 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 resident of Edgewater and Riva for 25 years 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 a college bound high school senior dealing with a parent with breast cancer. Information: 410-956-0791.

Rock and Ride for the Cure Fundraiser

Tom Byrne and Kieran Ryan of Annapolis are teaming up to cycle 100 miles around Lake Tahoe, Calif., to raise awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To support their ride, a fundraiser will be held Sunday, May 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Fado' Irish Pub, 100 Westgate Circle. Door prizes and raffles include a weekend stay and dinner for two at the Four Points Sheraton.

Byrne said his inspiration to ride is Desmond Mitchell, the son of a friend, battling Leukemia. To make a 100 percent tax deductable donation go to http://pages/teamintraining.or/md/ambbr10/tbyrneijk0. Information: Call Byrne at 443-510-3078 or Steve Harr at 443-994-5877.

Maryland Arthritis Foundation Walk

The walk will take place at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on May 15. U.S. Naval Academy Commandant, Rear Admiral (select) Matthew Klunder will help Annapolis celebrate "Let's Move Together." The event will include music and entertainment, activities for children, raffle and pet contests. Onsite registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., program at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. The event also honors this year's Maryland arthritis ambassadors: youth, Ashley Rolf; teen, Teddy Anna; adult, Erwin Abrams; medical, Dr. Paul Davies; and canine, Callie (owner Veronica Tovey). Information and to register: http://www.awannapolis2010.kitera.org. Proceeds help fund programs and services such as educational discussions and aquatic exercise programs throughout Maryland as well as providing funds for research.

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.

Giant Food, 6626 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2.

Box n' Save, 7931 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie: noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 14; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16.

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.

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.

Spanish-language program on women's breast health

Presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, the program is offered to women ages 40 and older featuring a discussion with professionals and breast cancer survivors, exhibits, dinner and door prizes. The free program will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 30 at the Emmanuel Hispanic Church, 913 Cedar Park Road, Annapolis. To register, call the department of health's breast and cervical cancer program at 410-222-6071.

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 go to 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 as old as 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 visit 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 at 443-481-4000 or the Owensville center at 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 at 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 #586 or go to scriptsave.com and log in using Group #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 years old and their families. For mental health services and referrals, call 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 is 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.

Free recipes, tips for 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."


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

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

•11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 5: tea, fashion show and shopping

•Wednesday, May 5, and May 19: blood pressure and glucose monitoring

•1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 12: spring dance with DJ Larry Laser

•1 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 14: Asbury United Methodist Friday Four Bell Choir

•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

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. Workshop will be held 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, May 3, 10 and 17 at the Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Registration is required. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043, or register online at aacounty.org/Aging/NeedingCare/compCaregiver.cfm.

Senior insurance A senior health insurance program will be offered Tuesday, May 4, and the first Tuesday of every month at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold. Appointments: 410-222-1922.

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:

•5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, May 5 and June 2.

•9 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 11.

•2 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 24.

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. Also, 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. Applicants are required to attend a pre-application workshop 10 a.m. Friday, May 7, in Conference Room 131 of the Behavioral Health Building, North 122 Langley Road, Glen Burnie. 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.


•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, call the Learn To Live Line at 410-222-7979 or go online, at LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

•The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's in-school vision and hearing screenings will be held at the following schools and programs:

Wednesday, May 5: Baldwin Memorial Day Care

Thursday, May 6: His Kids Preschool, Quala Care Child Center

Friday, May 7: Anchors-A-Wee Preschool, The Learning Tree Preschool

May 12: Kids Farm Mayo Preschool, Kids Farm Davidsonville Preschool

Information: Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor, 410-222-6838.

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