National recovery month
The Department of Health is joining with community groups and providers in a program to support a healthy lifestyle for people in long-term recovery from mental and substance use disorders. The department's recovery support services programs provide peer support, care coordination and recovery centers. Information: 410-222-7164 or follow @AAC_Recovery on Twitter.
Chronic conditions class
Baltimore Washington Medical Center and the Department of Aging and Disabilities will offer a free six-week workshop on living well with chronic conditions including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain or anxiety, and heart disease. Participants will learn techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation. The program will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 through Oct. 31 at BWMC's radiology conference room, 301 Hospital Drive, lower level, Glen Burnie.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center will sponsor a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in the food court at Arundel Mills, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. Information: 410-787-4367.
Health care reform
The Department of Health will hold the following health care reform discussions at the following sites. All programs will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
•West County Public Library, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton, Oct. 3.
•Mountain Road Public Library, 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena, Oct. 10.
For additional information, visit http://www.aahealth.org or call 410-222-4550.
Walk for better health
Walking is the most popular form of physical activity. A new web page sponsored by the Department of Health, http://www.aahealth.org/walk, features information about local walking programs, trails and tracks.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer exercise classes in beginning yoga, beginning Pilates, beginning yoga/Pilates combination, fitness fusion, prenatal yoga, yoga, Yin yoga and Zumba. Classes begin Sept. 30 and run for 10 weeks. Cost: $50. Classes will be held at BWMC, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie and at Baltimore Washington Health Services Center, 7556 Teague Road, Hanover. Information: 410-787-4367.
The Department of Health reminds residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites to help prevent West Nile virus. The Maryland Department of Agriculture mosquito control program provides surveillance, larvicide application and mosquito spraying services in the county. Information: 410-841-5870 or http://www.aahealth.org.
Guide to school health
Parents and guardians can visit the Department of Health's website, aahealth.org/parentguide, to find information on bullying, smoke-free kids and flu prevention. Other topics include head lice, safe backpacking and easy-to-prepare school lunches. The site also links to a directory of school nurses in county public schools.