February is American Heart month. The Anne Arundel Department of Health offers kits and fact sheets about heart disease, its risk factors and prevention on the website learntolivehealthy.org.
Tobacco-free kids week
February 9 to 15, kids and adults will celebrate smoke-free living. The Department of Health's Learn to Live program encourages county residents to make healthy lifestyle choices and reduce their risk of cancer and other illnesses. For additional information visit the websites, learntolivehealthy.org and smokingstinks.org.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the medical center in the Dr. Constantine Padussis conference center, 3rd floor, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: American Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276 or the medical center 410-787-4367.
Heart month special events
Anne Arundel Medical Center will sponsor heart healthy special events at the following sites:
Heart attach awareness. Understand the importance of knowing the warning signs and early detection. The group, CARE, will provide free vascular screenings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, MD
Smart woman talk, "Learn to fight heart disease." The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the AAMC Doordan Institute, Belcher Pavilion, 7th floor, 2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Register at aamcevents.org.
docsTALK: saving a million hearts. Drs. John Martin and Briana Walton will discuss the common myths and facts about heart disease and stroke from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Westfield Annapolis, Crate & Barrel Court, 2002 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis.
Cold weather tips
The Department of Health offers information on how to safely enjoy cold weather: Visit the website aahealth.org. Click on "cold weather tips" under "Hot topics." This includes dressings for cold weather, suggestions for items to have at home in case of a snowstorm and a list of symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. Also, how to maintain space heaters and fireplaces.
The Department of Health is offering free vaccinations. Nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people age 2 to 49. It is not for pregnant women. The clinics also have the high-dose flu shots for people 65 years of age and older. Pneumococcal vaccine is also available. The following locations will provide vaccinations:
•Glen Burnie Health Center, from 8:30 .m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 416 A Street, Glen Burnie 410-222-6633.
•Parole Health Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1950 Drew Street, Annapolis, 410-222-7247.
Breast cancer awareness
The Department of Health's Learn to Live program is offering a free women's health kit that includes information on cancer screenings, nutrition and other women's health topics. The health department also offers free mammograms and breast exams to eligible women. Call 410-222-7979 or visit learntolivehealthy.org.