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April  22, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Request for Logos of Participating LHIC Organizations
As discussed during this past LHIC meeting, we are in the process of developing a new LHIC website.  We are planning to include a “Member Organizations” area where the logos of all the participating LHIC organizations would be displayed.

The requirements for the logos are as follow: They must be at least 300px wide and a minimum of 72 dpi. The following file formats are acceptable: JPG, PNG, AI, and EPS.

We would really appreciate it if you could send your logo to Alvaro,, following the specifications above, by COB on 4/29/15.  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


Howard County - Event Spotlight

   Health in the News

Healthy Weight
American Kids Are Consuming Less Fast Food, Study Finds
One  group of researchers have good news for people concerned with the obesity national health crisis in the US. They report that the percentage of children eating fast food on any given day has fallen.

The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, examines trends in children's calorie consumption by fast food restaurant type, utilizing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2003-2010.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of adults in the US - around 78.6 million people - are obese. Despite this figure, the researchers state that levels of fast food consumption have recently decreased.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health
Federal Opioid Strategy Backed By Increased Funding
President Obama's 2016 fiscal-year budget includes investments to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, including $133 million in new funding to address the issue, according to an announcement from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

The initiative announced focuses on three priority areas: 
1. Providing training and educational resources, including updated prescriber guidelines, to address the overprescribing of opioids.
2. Increasing use and distribution of naloxone.
3. Expanding the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for substance use disorders.

here to read the full article.

Access to Care
Celebrating the Latest Law Improving Health Care: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act
Today, the President will celebrate the overwhelmingly bipartisan law that was enacted last week, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.  This law strengthens Medicare, extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and makes numerous other improvements to the health care system. With 392 votes in the House and 92 votes in the Senate, this law proves that we can come together to solve problems.

At last, the doctors who care for seniors and many Americans with disabilities will no longer have to worry that about the possibility of an arbitrary cut in their pay. And, Medicare’s beneficiaries won’t have to worry that this formula will jeopardize their ability to see a provider. 

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 

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

The Columbia Association is conducting bicycle and pedestrian pathway counts again for 2015. We are still looking for volunteers. ‚ÄčThe 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place between May 23 and May 30 in the following locations: Columbia Gateway, Jackson Pond, Downtown Columbia, 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. Volunteer registration will close Friday, May 8.  Anyone interested in volunteering can fill out a registration form at

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

Upcoming Events 
Wednesday, April 29
Several times available
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Do you have a problem with your feet? Put your best foot forward by consulting with podiatrist Kyle Scholnick, DPM, who will examine one or two areas of concern. The screening is free, but registration is required.

If you would like to register please click here

The Emotional Side of Weight Management
Monday, May 4
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD

Do anxiety and stress cause you to reach for another cookie? Learn about the mind/body connection and practical strategies to handle the emotional triggers that lead to overeating. Discussion will include techniques to help you move through the emotional side of weight management including yoga, mindful thinking, physical activity and breathing meditation.

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

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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