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April  8, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Turning The Action Plans Into A Reality 
The 2015 - 2017 Action Plans were approved during our last full LHIC meeting!  We can't thank you enough for all the work and dedication that each of you has put in developing these plans.  As part of the implementation process, all three work groups have created "Action Groups." These groups are directly linked to the actions proposed in the plans. If you haven't already, we invite you to take an active role and join one of the Action Groups in your LHIC work group. Together we can make these plans into a reality! 
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 

Drug Take Back Day
HC DrugFree and Howard County Police are once again holding a Drug Take Back Day to collect over-the-counter and prescription medications. Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from home, friends, or family.
Please do not flush meds into the water system! Keep your kids safe by removing unwanted or expired medications. Date of collection will be Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For more information about the nine convenient collection
sites around the County, please visit 
www.hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day/ or call 443-325-0040. HC DrugFree's office will be the only location accepting needles, syringes and EpiPens on this collection date.

HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council 
The TAC will be meeting on Monday, April 13 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and Monday, May 11 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at The Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Pizza will be served. All Howard County teens are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring a friend!
   Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Few commercial weight-loss programs show reliable evidence of effectiveness: Most don't work
In a bid to help physicians guide obese and overweight patients who want to try a commercial weight-loss program, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers reviewed 4,200 studies for solid evidence of their effectiveness but concluded only a few dozen of the studies met the scientific gold standard of reliability.

In a review of the best research available through late 2014, the results suggest that only a few programs have shown that their users lose more weight than those not using them. The findings are published in the April 6 Annals of Internal Medicine, along with a call for more rigorous tests of the programs for longer periods of time so effectiveness can be better judged

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health
Rule Proposed On Providing Mental Health ‘Parity’ In Medicaid Program
A federal law that passed in 2008 was supposed to ensure that when patients had insurance benefits for mental health and addiction treatment, the coverage was on par with what they received for medical and surgical care. But until now, the government had only spelled out how the law applied to commercial plans.

That changed Monday, when federal officials released a long-awaited rule proposing how the parity law should also protect low-income Americans insured through the government’s Medicaid managed care and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plans. The proposed regulation is similar to one released in November 2013 for private insurers.

here to read the full article.

Access to Care
The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records
Steven Keating’s doctors and medical experts view him as a citizen of the future. A scan of his brain eight years ago revealed a slight abnormality — nothing to worry about, he was told, but worth monitoring. And monitor he did, reading and studying about brain structure, function and wayward cells, and obtaining a follow-up scan in 2010, which showed no trouble.

But he knew from his research that his abnormality was near the brain’s olfactory center. So when he started smelling whiffs of vinegar last summer, he suspected they might be “smell seizures.” He pushed doctors to conduct an M.R.I., and three weeks later, surgeons in Boston removed a cancerous tumor the size of a tennis ball from his brain.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members 



Wed April 22, 2015; 7 - 9 pm
Register online at 
http://www.hclibrary.org, by phone (410.313.1950) or in person at your local branch.

A professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Mood Disorders Center there, Kay Redfield Jamison is an internationally renowned author and expert on manic-depressive illness and depression. Jamison authored The New York Times bestseller and classic, An Unquiet Mind: a Memoir of Moods and Madness. This memoir offers a window into her own experience with depression and mania, and according to Oliver Sacks, “stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance, and beauty.” In 2013, Jamison’s book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize, which recognizes scientific works that reach a wider audience outside of the laboratory. Jamison coauthored Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression, first published in 1990 and the definitive book on the topic. Her other works include Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide; Exuberance: The Passion for Life; and Nothing Was the Same: a Memoir. This program is provided in partnership with NAMI Howard County. ‚Äč

Optimal Health, a medical referral program focusing on weight loss, begins a new session April 21. Registration is now open. This highly-effective program focuses on exercising with a personal trainer, extensive nutrition counseling, and wellness/behavior coaching. This program is for those who need to make significant lifestyle changes. 

Youth Fit, a medical referral program focusing on creating healthy families, begins a new session April 22. Registration is now open. This program focuses on creating life-long nutrition, behavior, and physical activity changes for all family members. It is endorsed by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

For questions regarding any of the Columbia Association programs, please contact:
Shawni Paraska
Director, Community Health Sustainability
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-3128  Fx: 443-283-4247
Planning and Community Affairs - Volunteers Needed for Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts 

Columbia Association (CA) is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help count the number of pedestrians and cyclists on CA’s pathways. Similar to automobile traffic counts, the bicycle and pedestrian counts will help determine the most popular/congested areas of CA’s pathway network, possible investments that may improve the users experience and pathway usage trends.

The 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place in the following locations: Columbia Gateway, Jackson Pond, Lake Elkhorn, Lake Kittamaqundi, Wilde Lake Park and the southern terminus of Tamar Drive. By making a two-hour time commitment, you'll be helping to improve one of the things that makes Columbia special! We would appreciate your help. 

Below are the list of dates, times and locations you can register for (please select one or more). Volunteer registration will close Friday, May 8.  Anyone interested in volunteering can fill out a registration form here. An optional training session will be offered on Thursday, May 21. 

All counts (except Columbia Gateway) will be held:

May 23 (11:30am-1:30pm)
May 26 (5:00-7:00pm)
May 27 (5:00-7:00pm) 
May 28 (5:00-7:00pm) 
May 30 (11:30am-1:30pm) 

Columbia Gateway counts will be held:

May 26 (11:30am-1:30pm)
May 27 (11:30-1:30pm)
May 28 (11:30-1:30pm) 

Please contact us at 
Planning@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-715-3166 with any questions in regards to this message. 

The Howard County Citizens Association, HCCA will be sponsoring our 54th Annual Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 starting at 7pm at the Hawthorn Center at 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044. All Howard County residents are invited to attend.  Our invited guest will be County Executive, Allan Kittleman who has accepted our invitation. You will be able to ask any questions you desire including the topic of health. For more detail and to register please go to http://howardcountyhcca.org/

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

Over 1,200 individuals have participated in the FREE "Boot Camp in the Park".  This is the perfect physical activity for all ages and fitness levels.  In many cases, individuals just need a little motivation and encouragement to get started.  You can join us every Saturday morning through mid-November.  Come on out on Saturday mornings and join in the fun!  Tell your friends, family members and co-workers.
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.



Come to the Open Streets Howard County kick off, our celebration of “people power”, on June 13th in Columbia!

We have a bunch of fun activities planned, but the signature attraction of this event is a demonstration of how an existing road built only for cars can function better for people, whether they choose to drive, cycle, walk, run, or take transit. We’ll have more details soon, but for now be sure to mark your calendars for June 13!

For more information, please email 
info@thehorizonfoundation.org or call 410-715-0311

Upcoming Events 
Mastering the Illusions of Stress
Wednesday, April 22
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
Suite 100 
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Gain insight into how your perceptions influence your stress. Discover secrets that will allow for more peace and wellbeing in your life.

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.

Nutrition Expo
Saturday, April 11
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
Learn, Taste, Explore. Free, fun activities for the entire family! Hosted by MUIH graduate students in the Nutrition and Integrative Health program, this free and fun-filled event will give you and your family a “taste” of their broad knowledge and skills. Join them for hands-on activities, food preparation, tastings, and a wide variety of learning experiences—all focused on whole, healthy foods and sound nutrition. Leave with a full belly, delicious recipes, and a list of resources to continue your learning.

If you would like to register please click here

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
If you are interested in other classes, please click 
here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 

Upcoming LHIC Meetings

Behavioral Health Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 4/13
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 20145
Barton Room A

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 4/23
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 20145
Barton Room B

Access to Care  Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 4/23
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 20145
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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