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February  11, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

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Howard County 

  Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Jeffers Hill Elementary School Loses Chairs in Favor of Stability Balls.
Matt Bogusz, a fourth grade teacher at Jeffers Hill Elementary School in Howard County has replaced the chairs  in his classroom with stability balls. The results? Better focus, increased test results and healthy bodies!

Please click here to watch the video. 
Behavioral Health
If Facebook use causes envy, depression could follow
Browsing Facebook has become a daily activity for hundreds of millions of people. Because so many people engage with the website daily, researchers are interested in how emotionally involved Facebook users can be with the social networking site and how regular use can affect their mental health. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that Facebook use can lead to symptoms of depression if the social networking site triggers feelings of envy among its users. Margaret Duffy, a professor and chair of strategic communication at the MU School of Journalism, says that how Facebook users use the site makes a difference in how they respond to it.

Click here to read the full article. 

Access to Care
New MHAMD Report Finds That Insurance Hurdles Leave Many Marylanders without Access to Needed Psychiatric Services
The report, Access to Psychiatrists in 2014 Qualified Health Plans, written by The Maryland Parity Project, details the difficulties Marylanders encounter when they attempt to contact psychiatrists or make an appointment.  MHAMD performed this study to assess the accuracy and adequacy of the psychiatric networks of commercial insurers. The 2014 Qualified Health Plans (QHP) sold through the Maryland Health Connection were chosen for analysis because they are the only network listings that are public. Researchers spent six months attempting to contact psychiatrists to determine their availability and whether they were taking new patients.

Researchers found that only 43 percent of listed psychiatrists were reachable, with many out of date phone numbers or addresses. More than 10 percent of providers who could be reached indicated that they were not even psychiatrists. Many of the doctors contacted had extremely long wait times. Only one in seven psychiatrists were accepting new patients and available for an appointment within 45 days.

Click here to read the full article and download the full report. 

From Our Members 
Nickels For Nonprofits
Help create a HEALTHY COMMUNITY, while you make a HEALTHY PLANET!
Healthy Howard has been selected as a recipient of Whole Foods Columbia’s Nickels for Nonprofits program!  For each reusable bag you fill at Whole Foods Columbia between now and April 13, you will receive a wooden nickel to "donate" to Healthy Howard. The new store is located by the mall at 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044.  
With these Nickels for Nonprofits contributions, Healthy Howard will support our Healthy Eating Active Living Zone (HEAL Zone) in the North Laurel, Savage, and Jessup communities. Your contributions will help bring fresh fruits and vegetables and family fun physical activity to the HEAL Zone.
Whole Foods Market is your community grocery store, providing fresh, wholesome natural and organic foods with no artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats. Be sure to visit Whole Foods Columbia to fill a bag (or two) before April 13th and tell a friend!

The Columbia Association
Columbia Association Team Member Health Fair 

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
Howard County Health Department
Monday, March 23
10:00 a.m. 
Howard county Healthy Depart
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Please RSVP to:

Upcoming Events 
Essentials in Babysitting
Several times available 
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Learn the skills and knowledge necessary to become a responsible babysitter including how to effectively manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques. Marketing tips and age-appropriate activities for children will also be discussed. 

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: New Perspectives on a Heart Healthy Diet
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Thursday, February 19
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This webinar will challenge the myth that heart health is all about watching one’s cholesterol numbers. Instead, we will focus on reducing inflammation, reducing sugar, and increasing healthy fat and vegetable intake. Recipes will be included on how to prepare an entrée of anti-inflammatory foods and healthy snack options.        

here to register.

Webinar: Workplace Wellness: Developing a Culture of Health
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Thursday, February 26
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This webinar will provide a framework and case study examples of strategic wellness initiatives that give insight into the work that health promotion specialists will be challenged to accomplish in their prospective careers.
Workplace wellness is a burgeoning area of health promotion that focuses on driving healthy behavior change within the workplace. Organizations large and small are beginning to realize the value in promoting health among their employees both from a cultural perspective as well as bottom-line standpoint. 

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. 


Upcoming LHIC Events

Behavioral Health Work Group Meeting
Thursday 2/12
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Ascend One Building
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton A

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting
Thursday 2/26
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton B

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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