Blood drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or BWMC's marketing and communications department 410-787-4367.

Weight management

The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness offers a free weight-loss seminar at 6 p.m. May 23. Registration required: 410-328-8940. Visit for additional information.

Menopause discussion

Dr. Devi Chakravorty of Baltimore Washington Medical Center will discuss the signs and symptoms that occur as women progress toward menopause at 6:30 p.m. May 24 at the center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Pre-registration required: 410-787-4367.

Pelvic health

Baltimore Washington Medical Center urogynecologist Dr. Leslie Rickey will discuss women's pelvic health and common urogynecological problems at 6:30 p.m. May 31 at the center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Registration required: 410-787-4367.

Nutrition, exercise classes

The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer classes on nutrition and exercise. Classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 29 at 300 Hospital Drive. Cost is $25. Information and registration: 410-787-4940.

Free cookbook

The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health has a new healthful eating kit that features a free cookbook and tips that will help you select foods high in fiber and low in fat and sodium. Recipes are also quick, easy and economical. Information: visit or call 410-222-7979.

Tobacco sales

The health department's Learn to Live program offers to retailers a tobacco sales compliance kit. The kit includes a training guide that explains Maryland's tobacco laws. It's illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 in the state of Maryland. The free kit is available by calling the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visiting

Free flu vaccine

The Department of Health provides free seasonal flu vaccine at walk-in clinics in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Both the injectable and nasal spray vaccines are available. For details, call the flu information line at 410-222-7343 or visit

Guide to school health

The Department of Health website,, offers information on school health services for the 2011-2012 school year. The page provides information on bullying, keeping kids smoke-free, flu prevention, treatment of head lice and communicable diseases, and more.

Health report card

The Department of Health has announced its annual report card of community health indicators. The report highlights progress in lowering death rates from stroke, diabetes and breast cancer. County residents have met nationally set goals for getting screened for cholesterol levels, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Lung cancer and melanoma mortality rates were higher in Anne Arundel County than in Maryland as a whole. Information: or 410-222-7202.