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.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center will sponsor a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, 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, Thursday, Oct. 3.
•Mountain Road Public Library, 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena, Tuesday, Oct. 10.
For additional information, visit 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, aahealth.org/walk, features information about walking programs, trails and tracks.
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 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.
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 Medical Center Health Sciences Pavilion, seventh floor, 1106 Annapolis Road, Odenton. Information: Anita Smith 443-481-5188.
Trauma recovery support The group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday in the AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, 7th floor, 1106 Annapolis Road, Odenton. Information: Elizabeth Cush, 443-481-1209.
Young adult cardiac support The group meets the second Monday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, seventh floor, 1106 Annapolis Road, Odenton. Information: Dianne Walters, 443-481-1928.