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May 20, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Upcoming LHIC Meeting
Please remember our upcoming LHIC meeting next Thursday, May 28. All three work groups are schedule to meet as well following the full meeting. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Friendly Reminder: New LHIC Website -  Request for Logos of Participating LHIC Organizations
First of all, we would like to thank all the organizations that have submitted a logo to use in the new LHIC website. If you haven’t already, this is a friendly reminder to please send us your logo as soon as possible. You may send your logo to Alvaro, aortiz@healthyhowardmd.org, following the specifications below.

 All logos must be at least 300px wide and a minimum of 72 dpi. The following file formats are acceptable: JPG, PNG, AI, and EPS.

If, for whatever reason, your organization would not like its logo used, please let us know.

Send Us Your News
Please remember the LHIC Digest as 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

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to comfortably and safely ride your bike on the road? Bike lanes and sidewalks have come a long way in the last few years, and at the Open Streets Howard County festival in June, you can come see and experience new approaches to encouraging healthy transportation options like walking and cycling. The event will temporarily take over a lane of the Little Patuxent Parkway Loop and reserve it for people-powered transportation. And if that’s not enough, there will be many fun activities for all ages, including food trucks, scavenger hunts, and giveaways. Bike mechanics will be on-hand to help get you ready to ride!

For more information about Open Streets and to sign up for event updates, visit the Open Streets event page on Facebook or www.thehorizonfoundation.org/openstreets.

   Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Almost All Parents of Overweight Children Believe Their Children Are "The Right Weight"
A new study, published in the journal Childhood Obesity, finds that nearly all parents of overweight children misperceive their kids as being "the right weight." The researchers studied two groups of children aged 2-5 years old in the US over the time periods 1988-94 and 2007-12.

The study found that, respectively across the two study groups, 97% and 95% of parents of overweight boys considered their child to be about the right weight. For overweight girls, 88% and 93% of parents thought their child was the right weight.

Of particular concern to the authors was that the children in the 2007-2012 study group were significantly more overweight than the children in the 1988-1994 group, yet the parental perceptions of children's weight "remained relatively unchanged."

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health
Obesity, Depression Have Role In Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Obesity and depression -- not only lack of sleep -- are underlying causes for regular drowsiness, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They say the findings could lead to more personalized sleep medicine for those with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).

As much as 30 percent of the general population experiences EDS -- daytime drowsiness or sleepiness occurring most of the day that can include irresistible sleep attacks. Feeling overly tired during the day can reduce job productivity and increase errors and absenteeism and may lead to more serious issues like car crashes.

Click here to read the full article. 

Access to Care
Telehealth Project Aims To Improve Health Care Access for Inland Empire Tribes
A health care system serving nine American Indian tribes in the Inland Empire is using telehealth to reach patients in remote areas and address rising rates of diabetes, a particular problem among American Indians.

Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health serves nine tribes in the expansive Inland Empire region of Southern California. The region encompasses nearly 30,000 square miles, an area the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Patients who live in rural parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties must travel long distances for health care. Those who live near the Colorado River and in cities such as Needles and Blythe, which lie along the Arizona border, sometimes must travel several hours for specialty care.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 

Exciting news: Healthy Howard just launched its first mobile application! 

Now you can find Healthy Restaurants that are certified through 2016, get directions, and see their healthy menu items with just a tap of your finger.

Visit https://data.howardcountymd.gov/healthyhoward/HealthyHoward_Mobile_App.aspx on your mobile phone or https://data.howardcountymd.gov/healthyhoward/HealthyHoward_Web.aspx on your desktop. Check out the app and spread the word about this great resource!

If you have any questions or would like to request copies of this flyer, please contact Robin Bounds, RBounds@howardcountymd.gov

Upcoming Events 

Part 1: Looking to Lose Weight?
Monday, June 1
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
A certified nutritionist and registered dietitian will discuss physiology and health challenges that affect your weight. Learn to plan meals that taste great, provide balance in your diet, and promote health.

If you would like to register please click here

Part 2: Kitchen Wisdom: Nutrition and Delicious Meals
Monday, June 8
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
They say that variety is the spice of life! In part two of the Healthy Weight, Healthy You series, sample foods and learn how to spice up healthy meals with herbs and spices for a variety of taste.

If you would like to register please click here

Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare
Tuesday, June 9
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Are you currently on Medicare or soon will be? Do you provide care to someone covered by Medicare? This presentation will review Original Medicare (Part A Hospital and Part B Medical) and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). Learn what is covered, your costs, how Medicare works, and available benefit programs. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging.

If you would like to register please click here

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

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

Full LHIC Meeting 
Thursday 5/28
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 20145
Potomac Room

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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