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February  25, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Opioid Survey
Members, please complete the following opioid survey to help gather data for Howard County and Maryland. Feel free to share this information with your distribution lists as well. If you have any questions, please contact HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040 or Thank you for helping! 

Click the following link: to take the survey and enter to win a $50.00 gift card.

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Howard County 

  Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Too many food choices exacerbate the battle against obesity, researchers find
Some scientists say that when mothers eat poorly during pregnancy, they pass along traits to their children that make them more likely to have poor diets and have related health problems.

But a new study in mice by researchers in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has shown that the environment in which a child lives may be an equal if not stronger force in determining obesity than their mother's diet.

In other words, nurture, not nature, could be a larger issue when dealing with the obesity epidemic.

Please click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health
Support for sleeping in? Half of parents favor later school start times for teens
Should teenagers be able to hit the snooze button one more time before school? Ask their parents and half say they would support later school start times, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

More schools across the country are exploring delayed school start times as research shows benefits for adolescents' physical and mental health, including reduced risks of obesity and depression. The poll was conducted in November/December 2014, following last year's recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later.

Among the national sample of parents with teens aged 13-17 whose middle or high schools started before 8:30 a.m., about 2 in 5 believed later start times would allow their teens more sleep and 1 in 5 said it would improve school performance.

Click here to read the full article. 

Access to Care
Maryland shows Significant Improvement  on Several Priority SHIP Health Indicators
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released a report showing significant improvement on several priority health measures as part of its ongoing State Health Improvement Process (SHIP). Of the 41 SHIP measures, 28 either met the target goal for 2014 or showed significant improvement toward the goal. Improvement goals were surpassed for infant mortality, which declined by 13 percent in the four-year measurement period, and child and adolescent obesity, which declined by 6 percent. Goals for reducing tobacco use were also surpassed, with adults having an 18 percent decrease in use and youths having a 32 percent decrease in use in three years.                                                                                                                                                                          
The 2014 target goals were also surpassed for teen birth rates, healthy weight in adults, alcohol-related vehicle fatalities, HIV infections, domestic violence, children receiving dental care, adolescent wellness checkups, and deaths from heart disease and cancer.  These improvements contributed to Maryland making the largest jump among all states in the United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings released last year. The annual rankings compare states on many of the same health measures used in SHIP. 

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

From Our Members 
HC Drug Free
Senior Week
Staying Safe in Ocean City - Many Howard County high school seniors participate in the Maryland tradition of going to the shore for "Senior Week." Having so many unsupervised teens in one place can lead to dangerous situations, risky behavior, and trouble with the law. HC DrugFree and River Hill High School staff and PTSA are partnering to invite teens and their parents to attend "Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City" on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 PM at River Hill High School in the Media Center. Find out the facts from HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Ocean City Police Corporal Howard Caplan and Ocean City Beach Patrol Sergeant (and Mayfield Woods Middle School teacher) James H. McVey, IV, as they offer advice to keep teens safe. Please email for more information about this program.

HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council
The Teen Advisory Council will be meeting on Monday, March 9 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 bring a friend!

Teen2Teen Program 
On Wednesday, March 25 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Atholton High School Auditorium, a panel of teens and young adults in recovery will discuss their personal journeys and answer questions from the audience about youth alcohol and drug use and how it affects families in Howard County.
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 
Varicose Vein Screening 
Johns Hopkins Vein Center
Thursday, March 5
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
1065 Little Patuxent Parkway
 Suite 150
Columbia, MD
Don't miss this opportunity. Dr. Richard Feinberg, Johns Hopkins vascular surgeon, will conduct free varicose vein screenings at the Johns Hopkins Vein Center. 

If you would like to register please call 410-550-8346.
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Lots of other classes available, please click here for a complete listing.

Cancer Care: The Chinese Medicine Approach
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
Thursday, March 12
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The lecture will provide a brief introduction to acupuncture, discuss the benefits it can offer to conventional cancer treatments, suggest when and how to collaborate with acupuncturists, and review the evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness with cancer care. MUIH Associate Professor and licensed acupuncturist, Heidi Most, will share her personal experiences in treating patients who have combined western medical cancer treatments with Chinese medicine approaches.

here to register.

 Webinar: Herbs for Family Health
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Wednesday, March 18
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Explore ten herbs used to support the health of your whole family. Herbs can be incorporated into daily wellness and this webinar will help you start to use herbs with your family in this nurturing way. Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS, LDN is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a deep love of plants. She has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. 

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

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 (enter from front)

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

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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