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August 12, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Member Spotlight Section - Let's Bring It Back! 
It has been a while since a Digest edition included a Member Spotlight Section, and we would like to bring this section back.  If you would like to be the next organization featured on this section, please send us a small blurb about who you are, what you do, why you participate on the LHIC, and any other relevant information you would like to share.  It's a great way for members to learn more about each other as well as to share and support all the great work that everyone is doing! 

2015-2016 LHIC Applications
First of all, we would like to thank all those members who already submitted their 2015-2016 LHIC application. If you haven't already, please remember to send us your application no later than September 23. 

As a friendly reminder, after open enrollment, any organization or community member who does not complete an application will be converted to guest status. Guests do not receive meeting notifications and do not have a vote on the LHIC. However, they still receive the LHIC Digest. 

If you any questions about the enrollment process, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

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

Howard County - Event Spotlight

2210 Fairground Rd.
West Friendship, MD 21794

August 8, 2015 - August 15, 2015
8:00 am – 11:00 pm 

A celebration of Howard County’s farming past and present. Get ready to experience family fun, thrilling rides, interactive exhibits, educational demonstrations, parades, contests and incredible food! Click here for more information. 

 Health in the News

Access to Care 
Pediatric Health Care Is Difficult To Access In Some States; Analysis Reveals Gaps For Publicly Insured Kids
Covering costs isn’t the only hurdle people face when it comes to securing health care for children in the United States. Accessibility and availability can be the difference between a child receiving quality care and/or being neglected of necessary treatment. 

A team of statisticians recently compared pediatric care across the country and revealed the different problems in seven major states: California, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The findings, presented at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meeting this past Monday, not only highlighted these disparities, but also ranked states based on the level of improvement and intervention they needed to improve health care issues. The analysis serves as a microcosmic example of how today's pediatric health care providers vary in accessibility throughout America.

here to read the full article. 
Healthy Weight 
Coca-Cola Controversy: Is Exercising More or Eating Less Better for Weight Loss?
Coca-Cola has given a million dollars to a new research organization that has pushed a message that lack of exercise is a bigger factor in the obesity epidemic than is calorie consumption. Science, however, still counts calories as the main driver of weight gain for most people.

On its website, the Global Energy Balance Network does not deny that good health involves both eating a healthy diet and doing exercise. But the organization's website also says there is "strong evidence that it is easier to sustain at a moderate to high level of physical activity (maintaining an active lifestyle and eating more calories)" than it is to be sedentary and eat fewer calories.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
Young People Benefit From Integrated Behavioral-Medical Care
Integrating behavioral healthcare within primary medical care leads to significant advantages in bettering outcomes in child and adolescent behavioral health, researchers have found. The authors write, "Effective behavioral health care is particularly critical for pediatric populations, with potentially large benefits over a lifetime. The leading causes of death in children and adolescents include unintentional injuries and suicide, both of which are all-too-frequent outcomes of risky behavior and behavioral health problems (eg, depression and substance use)."

Among the reasons integration into the primary care setting works is that most kids already see a primary care physician or nurse at least once a year, so the integration brings mental health services to where kids already are. 

Click here to read the full article and here to access to full study. 

From Our Members - Message Board 

Columbia BikeAbout returns on
Saturday, September 26

Columbia Association’s (CA) annual BikeAbout will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, with riders setting off from the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia’s history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system.

Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged. Columbia BikeAbout will begin at 9:30 a.m. with riders able to start up until 10 a.m. They are expected to complete the ride by 1 p.m.

This year’s route is 12 miles — with the option of adding a 1.5-mile spin around Lake Kittamaqundi. The course will wind through Town Center, Oakland Mills and Long Reach with interpretive stops that include a 19th century gravesite, a currently struggling village center with an exciting future, and sites of environmental interest that contrast the work done in the early days of Columbia with ideas for protecting the watershed today.

To accommodate families with young children, a 1.5-mile ride is available around Lake Kittamaqundi on the newly completed pathway loop, offering an opportunity to learn about two elements of Columbia Town Center — the built environment and the enhanced natural landscape.

Columbia BikeAbout is brought to you by Columbia Association’s (CA) Columbia Archives and Open Space Management. For more information, email or call 410-715-6781.
Upcoming Events 
Dietary Counseling
Tuesday, August 25
Several times available 
Cost:  $40
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
This individualized nutritional counseling program is available for children and adults. Meet with a registered dietitian one-on-one to discuss your dietary concerns and goals including weight loss, healthier bones, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol.  The counseling is also appropriate for those who want to gain weight, maintain a vegetarian diet, or just need good advice about following a healthy diet. Payment is due at time of registration. Insurance is not accepted. Please note, the dietitians are not qualified to discuss issues relating to eating disorders.

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.

Webinar: Food for Thought: Do’s and Don’ts for Brain Health
Tuesday, August 25
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Join MUIH for this webinar and learn the importance of keeping your brain healthy by identifying both foods that support the brain and foods that negatively impact the brain. You will also explore the importance of lifestyle practices in supporting brain health. 

Please click 
here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
If you are interested in other 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 8/27
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 8/27
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room A

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

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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