Baltimore Washington Medical Center will begin its freedom from smoking class with sessions beginning April 7. Participants will learn about the barriers to smoking cessation, health benefits of choosing a smoke free lifestyle, nicotine-replacement options, motivational exercises and techniques for stress management. Information and pre-registration: 410-787-4367.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 18 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the previous 56 days or donated double red cells in the previous 112 days. Information and to schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or the medical center 410-787-4367.
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 a.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.
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 information visit the websites, learntolivehealthy.org and smokingstinks.org.
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.
Walk for better health
Walking is the most popular form of physical activity. A web page sponsored by the Department of Health, aahealth.org/walk, features information about walking programs, trails and tracks.
Widow/Widowers support group for adults grieving the death of a spouse or life partner. The group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 16, May 21 and June 18, in the Chesapeake Life Center, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. Information: 410-987-2129.
Phoenix Rising: a support group for teens, ages 13 to 18, a place to connect with others who are also grieving the death of a loved one meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Chesapeake Life Center, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. Information: 410-987-2129.
HIV/AIDS Weekly meetings for men and women will be held every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Information: 410-222-7108.
Diabetes Support and educational programs will be offered at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Information: Anita Smith 443-481-5188.
Trauma recovery support The group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday in the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Information: Elizabeth Cush, 443-481-1209.