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October 21, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Almost Ready To Go Live! 
We are happy to share that the LHIC website is almost ready and should be going live in the next few days. It has been a long wait and we truly appreciate your patience. Please keep an eye out for the official announcement. Once live, please check out the website and let us know what you think. Your feedback is always valued and appreciated! 

Send Us Your News
Please remember the LHIC Digest is a way to advertise your programs, events and news items! When you have news or events to share, please email them to Alvaro, LHIC Program Manager, at aortiz@healthyhowardmd.org.

Howard County - Event Spotlight

 Health in the News

Access to Care 
A Push To Improve Access To Dental Care
In a report to Congress last year, the American Dental Association found that more than 181 million Americans didn’t visit a dentist and that more than 2 million people showed up in the emergency room with dental pain in 2010, double the rate from 2000.

Some people believe a solution to improve access is to create dental therapists, a provider whose responsibilities fall between a dentist and a hygienist. This summer the agency that accredits dental schools said it would create guidelines to train this new mid-level professional. Supporters say this could build momentum for legislation pending in more than ten states that would allow these new workers to drill, fill and extract teeth.

Click here to read the full article.
Healthy Weight 
Varying Walking Speed May Burn More Calories
New research shows that changing walking speed can make a substantial difference to the number of calories burned.

Writing in the journal Biology Letters, two engineering researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus describe how, compared with maintaining a steady pace, walking at a varying pace can burn up to 20% more calories.

The study is significant because it suggests traditional methods of measuring calories burned while walking in daily life or playing sports may be underestimating them.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia
More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and delusions but can come with unbearable side effects, like severe weight gain or debilitating tremors.

Now, results of a landmark government-funded study call that approach into question. The findings, from by far the most rigorous trial to date conducted in the United States, concluded that schizophrenia patients who received smaller doses of antipsychotic medication and a bigger emphasis on one-on-one talk therapy and family support made greater strides in recovery over the first two years of treatment than patients who got the usual drug-focused care.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 


The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) began a new CDC-funded program to accelerate prevention and population-based strategies that will reduce chronic disease and health
disparities. These efforts will contribute to building a strong base for evidence-based prevention
programming across the nation. In Maryland, Danelle Buchman is the regional campaign manager to work
specifically with like-minded stakeholders, as well as worksites and healthcare facilities who will work to
promote nutrition and access to healthier food and beverages. Interested in learning more or technical
assistance for your facility? Contact Danelle Buchman at Danelle.buchman@heart.org

Speaker Series: Best Zoning Practices for Large Planned Communities
Come join us on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. as Columbia Association (CA) and Howard County have partnered to host speaker Don Elliott, FAICP. Elliott is a Director with Clarion Associates, a national land use consulting firm based in Denver. He will speak about how modern zoning codes address development and change in maturing large planned communities.Registration is appreciated, but not required.

Don Elliott is the author of A Better Way to Zone and co-author of an American Planning Association book on The Rules that Shape Urban Form. Clarion Associates has drafted partial or complete new zoning codes for over 140 communities of all sizes – from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Arizona. Elliott is familiar with Maryland and is currently involved in developing a new development code for Prince George’s County.

This event is part of CA’s ongoing Community Building Speakers Series and will be held at Slayton House located in the Wilde Lake Village Center at 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, 21044. For additional information, please call 
Upcoming Events 
Kitchen Wisdom
Monday,  October 26
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
They say that variety is the spice of life! Sample foods and learn how to spice up healthy meals with herbs and spices for a variety of tastes. 

Please click here to register. 

A Look At Joint Replacement 
Tuesday, October 27
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.   
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Learn about total hip and knee surgery from health care professionals, past patients of Howard County General Hospital's Joint Academy, and Richard Kinnard, M.D.

Please click here to register. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Lots of classes are available, please click here for a complete listing.

Webinar: Ask the Herbalist: Family Health and Wellness
Tuesday, October 27
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
In this webinar, bring your herbal questions, queries, and ideas about how you can use, prepare and plan herbs for your family. You are welcome to email your questions ahead of time to bclare@muih.edu or you can bring them with you! No question is too silly or too small, so go ahead and ask. 

Please click here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
If you are interested in classes, please click 
here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 
Ongoing Events 
FREE Boot Camp in the Park 
Corporate Pavilion at Centennial Park 
All Fitness Levels
Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Begins Saturday, March 21

Directions from Points East: from Rt. 29, take Rt. 108 West; cross over first light at Columbia Road, right turn onto Woodland Rd., immediate left to pavilion. Follow Get Active Howard County signs. From Centennial Lane and points West:  Pass first park entrance; U-turn at Columbia Road, first right on Woodland Road, immediate left to pavilion H.

here for more information.

We Walk For Wellness At North Laurel
North Laurel Park at the North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd. 
Laurel, MD

Every Saturday - March 28 thru October 31 
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Activities include: guided group walking, light aerobic activity (jumping jacks, arm circles, marching in place). Health education including nutritional and exercise information also available. 

Upcoming LHIC Meetings

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 10/22
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room B

Access to Care  Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 10/22
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room A

Behavioral Health  Work Group Meeting 
Monday 10/26
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room B

For work group meetings in the Barton conference room, please enter from the front of the building. 


Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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