The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer exercise classes in beginning yoga, pilates, yoga/pilates combination, fitness fusion, prenatal yoga, Yin yoga and zumba starting July 15. The session will run for 10 consecutive weeks and pre-registration is required. Cost: $50. Classes will be held at its campus on Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie and at Baltimore Washington Health Services, Hanover. Information: 410-787-4367 or go to http://www.mybwmc.org/exercise.
The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness will offer a free weight-loss education seminar at 6 p.m. July 24 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive. Dr. Mark Kligman will discuss the surgical approach to weight loss. Surgical therapy is a treatment option reserved for individuals 18 to 60 who have a body mass index (BMI) over 40 or between 35 and 40 with obesity related medical complications. Information and reservations: 410-328-8940 or go to http://www.umm.edu/weightloss.
Summer health, safety tips
The Department of Health offers sun and water safety tips, Lyme disease information for prevention and detection, as well as food safety recommendations designed to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses at picnics, barbecues and other outdoor activities. Visit the "Hot Topics" section of the health department's website, http://www.aahealth.org.
A diabetes educator leads a program offering suggestions on how to make nutrition and exercise changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. The program will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 11, and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive. Cost $25 (cash or check). Information and reservations: 410-787-4940.
The Department of Health offers information on how to prevent the spread of rabies and what to do in the event of exposure. Rabies is most often seen in raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks. Information: 410-222-7168 or visit aahealth.org.
The Department of Health's alcohol and drug abuse prevention and education services have been awarded a Maryland grant of $31,132, which will aid programs aimed at reducing underage drinking. Grant target areas are Brooklyn Park, Curtis Bay, Glen Burnie and Pasadena. Information: Sandy Smolnicky, prevention specialist, 410-222-6724.
The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers a free archive of more than 675 healthy recipes. Most recipes are low in saturated and trans fats and high in fiber. Many are suitable for diabetic, meatless and low-sodium diets. To view recipes and to print out free recipe cards, go to learntolivehealthy.org. Click on "Search Recipes" under "Food and Fitness."
The Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers quit-smoking and power-to-quit-smoking kits. Kits are available from the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or from the Spanish-language line, 410-222-4479. Also, quit-smoking classes are offered at the following health providers:
•Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2000 Medical Parkway, Health Sciences Institute in Annapolis. Information: 443-481-4000 or 1-800-MD-NURSE. Free self-help information to help adults and teens quit smoking. Visit aamcevents.com.
•Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Tate Cancer Center in Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367 or visit mybwmc.org.
•Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Rd. in West River. Information: 410-867-4700.
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