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March  25, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Full LHIC Meeting Tomorrow! 
Just a friendly reminder about our full LHIC meeting tomorrow, Thursday, March 26. The meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.. As mentioned before, we will be voting to approve the 2015-2017 Action Plans from our three work groups. Following the full LHIC meeting, we will break into our work groups from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  We look forward to seeing everyone! 

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Howard County 

   Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Diabetes Alert Day
Diabetes is reaching near epidemic levels in the United States. 30 million people across the nation have diabetes and about 8 million of them don't know it. American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day "wake-up call" challenging the public to take a quick online survey to assess their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. At the end of the test, there is a risk score and tips for reducing your risk. Studies have shown that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing 7-percent of body weight. Eating healthy and exercising regularly are the best ways to lose weight. 

Click here to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk test. The test is free and easy to share with your friends and loved ones. 
Behavioral Health
Darkness Invisible: The Hidden Global Costs of Mental Illness
Four years ago, a team of scholars from the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Economic Forum prepared a report on the current and future global economic burden of disease. Science and medicine have made tremendous progress in combating infectious diseases during the past five decades, and the group noted that noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, now pose a greater risk than contagious illnesses... But the report did contain one big surprise: it predicted that the largest source of those tremendous future costs would be mental disorders, which the report forecast would account for more than a third of the global economic burden of noncommunicable diseases by 2030. 
here to read the full article.

Access to Care
Racial, Ethnic Health Coverage Disparities on the Decline, HHS Says
Minorities have gained health insurance at higher rates than white Americans since the marketplaces created by the health care law opened in October 2013, Health and Human Services (HHS) officials said last week when releasing a report that found 16.4 million people gained insurance since 2010.

African-American and Latino adults still remain less likely to have health coverage than white people. However, the disparities are declining. HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell called the increases in insurance rates "the largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades."

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members 

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. 

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!


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

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 
Caring for Young Athletes
Wednesday, April 8
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
Suite 100 
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Successful prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of sports related injuries and concussions is crucial for any young athlete. During this in person seminar, Johns Hopkins pediatric specialists in orthopaedics, sports medicine, neurosurgery, surgery and physical therapy will discuss injury prevention, the signs/symptoms of more serious conditions and when to seek help. Topics include: 

1) Advances in the treatment of knee injuries. R. Jay Lee, M.D. 
2) Concussions in Children: Diagnosis and Return to Play. Eric Jackson M.D. 
3) Heat Illness. Rajwinder Deu, M.D. 
4) Contemporary management of hernias in the teenage athlete. Jeffrey Lukish, M.D. 
5) Preventing Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes. Andrew Naylor, M.D. 

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.

Upcoming LHIC Meetings

Full LHIC Meeting 
Thursday 3/26
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 20145
Potomac Room

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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