The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management & Wellness will offer a free educational seminar exploring a comprehensive surgical approach to weight loss from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 22 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-328-8940 or visit umm.edu/weightloss.
VA outpatient clinic
The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a new 13,300-square-foot facility to serve veterans in Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The clinic is located at 2479 Fifth St., adjacent to the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center on the Fort George G. Meade Installation. Services include general outpatient medical care, preventive health and education services, various medical screenings, TeleHealth services and referrals to specialized programs and inpatient services available throughout the VA Medical Health Care System. Information: 410-305-5300.
The Department of Health offers free, confidential testing and counseling for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Call for an appointment at the Annapolis center, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie center, 410-222-6636; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.
Men's health kits
The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers free men's health kits with information on prostate health and colorectal cancer screening, as well as Him magazine, which includes information on sun safety, smoking, nutrition and other men's health tips. To order a kit, call the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979. For information, go to learntolivehealthy.org.
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 national 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: 410-222-7202.
Health email alerts
The Department of Health has a community health email alert system to provide timely notices about department services and community health issues. Also, a recreational water-quality email alert system has been in effect since 2006. It alerts subscribers when a closure or advisory is issued for a county waterway. For information, call 410-222-4508 or visit aahealth.org/alerts.
Substance abuse The Western Anne Arundel Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (WASP) offers information on the prevention of alcohol and other drug uses among youth and promotes safe and healthy behaviors. Meetings are held the fourth Friday of every month at noon in the Anne Arundel County Western District Police Station, 8273 Telegraph road, Odenton. Information: 443-351-7989 or email WASPCoalition@gmail.com.
Vascular screenings The Maryland Vascular Center at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer free screenings for carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms and peripheral arterial disease to those 50 or older who have hypertension, diabetes, family history of vascular disease, high cholesterol or history of smoking from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Kingdom Builders Church, 1490 Matthews Town Road. Reservations: 410-787-4367.
Substance abuse The Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse is a coalition in north Anne Arundel County working to help reduce substance abuse in youth and young adults. Meetings will be held the second Friday of every month. Information: Loretta Lawson-Munsey, 410-777-2527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer The group offers support and educational programs for patients diagnosed with any type of cancer. Sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the group meets at 5 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the Aiello Breast Center, 203 Hospital Drive, Suite B100, Glen Burnie.
Lung cancer The group provides emotional support and information to patients and families coping with a diagnosis of lung cancer. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Donner Pavilion, Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Information: 1-800-966-2619. Register online at aamcevents.com.
Breast-feeding Mothers will discuss topics determined by the participants and directed by a certified lactation consultant. Bring the baby, grandparents and care providers. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the Sajak Pavilion, second floor, 2002 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Register online at aamcevents.com.
Breast cancer A support group for patients, families and caregivers. The program will be led by a licensed counselor and a registered nurse. The group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at Kent Island, Anne Arundel Diagnostics, lobby, Chester. Information: 800-966-2619. Register online at aamcevents.com.