Wishing Everyone a Happy 4th of July! 
Follow on Twitter Friend of Facebook
July 01, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Full LHIC Meeting For November Has Been Scheduled
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday the fourth Thursday in November, we had to move the full LHIC meeting to a different date. Based on the availability of the co-chairs, the meeting has been set for Wednesday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We will be sending a calendar invitation in the next few days. We thank you for your understand and flexibility. 

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

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman Invites You to the Columbia Lakefront for an Evening of Family Fun and Fireworks! 
Live entertainment on two stages: Milkshake, specifically for children’s entertainment, from 5-6:30 PM, on second stage. Capital Style, from 7-9:30 PM, on main stage. Bring a picnic or purchase food from on-site vendors. Parking is free.

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015, 5-10 PM
Downtown Columbia Lakefront
10275 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD 21044

Fireworks at Dusk
Rain date: Sunday, July 5
(Fireworks Only)

Inclement weather line: 410-313-4451

Note: Those wishing to place a blanket or sheet may do so beginning at 8 AM on July 4. Those wishing to place a tarp on the grass may do so beginning at 3 PM. Placement of tarps must wait until 3 PM in order to protect the grass. For more information on your tarp, contact the Columbia Association at 410-312-6330. No boats are permitted on the lake July 3-5. We encourage all attendees to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion.

Little Patuxent Parkway will be closed from approximately 6:30 p.m. to the conclusion of the fireworks.


   Health in the News

Access to Care 
Goldman Sachs Says A Digital Healthcare Revolution Is Coming — And It Could Save America $300 Billion
The United States spends 18% of its GDP on healthcare each year.Though this percentage far exceeds that of other developed economies, government projections say it will only continue to rise in the coming years.

In a report published Monday, Goldman analysts predicted that digital healthcare will revolutionize the industry, both by increasing access to diagnostic, treatment, and preventative care, and by dramatically reducing costs. The report focuses on what they see as the "first wave" of healthcare Internet of Things( IoT): technologies that bridge "the digital and physical worlds to change physician and patient behavior."

Please click here to read the full article.  
Healthy Weight 
Healthy Living Begins With Ample Sleep
Taking steps to improve your mental and physical well-being may fall flat if you're not spending enough time recharging your body. Sleep experts agree: adequate, regular sleep is essential for overall health and well-being. According to a new recommendation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and Sleep Research Society (SRS), adults should get seven or more hours of sleep per night to avoid the health risks associated with prolonged periods of inadequate sleep.

"Sleep is critical to health, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise," said Dr. Nathaniel F. Watson, AASM president and moderator of the expert panel that developed the recommendation

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
Urgent care, Mental Health In Defense Bills
House and Senate lawmakers hashing out a compromise on their respective defense policy bills will mull over several military health provisions as they finalize the legislation. The Senate draft bill aims to improve mental health services both within the military and in local communities through a requirement that all Department of Defense (DoD) primary care physicians and mental health providers be trained to assess for suicide risk and manage patients at high risk for suicide.

The bill also includes a proposal from Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., that would require DoD to develop a system that would encourage civilian mental health providers to receive training to treat service-related behavioral health conditions in troops, veterans and their families and be listed in a registry accessible to patients.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 

Healthy Howard's Community Care Team Program
Healthy Howard’s Community Care Team takes a focused, innovative approach to improve the health of frequently hospitalized Howard County residents. This new program helps chronically ill individuals connect with resources that allow them to better manage their illness, improve their health and avoid preventable hospitalizations. Click here to learn more about how the Community Care Team is making Howard County a healthier place to live.

Upcoming Events 
Prenatal Class for Your Early Pregnancy
Wednesday, July 8
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
In this free class, parents-to-be and parents in the first trimester will learn about the early stages of pregnancy including your body's physical changes, your baby's growth, and easy ways to promote a healthier pregnancy. Register individually.

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.

Hydrate for Health
Thursday, July 9
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
A practical approach to learning about the importance of hydration and how what you eat and drink can affect your body. There will be tips on: importance of hydration; populations at risk for dehydration; symptoms of dehydration; and how to stay hydrated.

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

Full LHIC Meeting 
Thursday 7/23
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
Copyright © 2015 Howard County Health Department, All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp