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May 4, 2016

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Satisfaction Survey - We Need Your Feedback!
As you know, a few weeks ago, we held our first LHIC Community Health Forum. Now, we need your help collecting information that will help us improve any future events. Please click on the following link: to complete a brief satisfaction survey regarding the Community Health Forum held on March 24. Thank you! 

Send Us Your News
Please remember the LHIC Digest is a way to advertise your programs, events and news items! When you have news or events to share, please email them to Jeananne, Director of Health Care Transformation, at

Health In The News
Healthy Weight

Less Body Fat For Toddlers Taking Vitamin D

A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

As discussed on Science Daily, the findings emerged from research initially aimed at confirming the importance of vitamin D for bone density. The additional benefit in terms of body composition came as a surprise for the research team.

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Access to Care

Will Covered California Sell Health Coverage To The Undocumented?

California legislators are attempting to clear the way for undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance through the state’s insurance exchange — potentially setting a national precedent.

As reported by Kaiser Health News, although undocumented immigrants would not qualify for financial help under the proposal, they would still benefit from the considerable investment Covered California has made in infrastructure to inform and enroll consumers, said, Shannon McConville, a research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Behavioral Health

Mental Health Awareness Month!

May is Mental Health Month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Howard County is launching an Anti-Stigma Campaign to bring attention to the variety of ways we stigmatize people with mental illness in our community.

While acceptance of certain groups of people has increased greatly over the past 50 years, specifically those with AIDS, breast cancer and those with disabilities, this tolerance has not yet been fully extended to individuals with mental illnesses. Join the campaign and sign the Anti-Stigma pledge!
Click Here to Sign The Pledge
Healthy Aging

What Is The Key To Healthy Aging? New Gene Study Sheds Light

A new study may bring us closer to unlocking the secret to healthy aging, after uncovering an array of genetic variants among healthy, elderly individuals that may protect against Alzheimer's and heart disease.

As reported by Medical News Today, "We didn't find a silver bullet for healthy longevity," notes study co-author Ali Torkamani, PhD, director of genome informatics at STSI. "Instead, we found weaker signals among common as well as rare variant sites, which collectively suggest that protection against cognitive decline contributes to healthy aging."
Click Here to Access the Report
Members Message Board

Howard County Office on Aging

Columbia Association 

Cycle2Health Howard County 
Upcoming Community Events

Webinar: Dairy and Oil Substitutes: Nuts and Seeds
Monday, May 9
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
Are you trying to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet?  Looking for alternatives to oils?  This webinar will highlight the benefits of nuts and seeds and then show how you can incorporate more of them into your diet. Recipes for nut milks, cashew cheese, sunflower seed “nacho” dip, sour “cream,” and a salad dressing will be shared. 

Please click here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Please click here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 

Skin Cancer Screening
Tuesday, May 17
Several time slots available 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Worried about a funny looking mole? A dermatologist will examine your area of concern. Due to time required,a full-body exam will not be performed.

Please click here to register. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Please click here for a complete listing of events at HCGH Wellness Center.
Ongoing Community Events
We Walk For Wellness At North Laurel
North Laurel Park at the North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd. 
Laurel, MD
Every Saturday - April 9 thru October 1 
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. 

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.
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.

Click here for more information.
LHIC Meetings

Coffee and Networking 
Thursday 5/26
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045

Full LHIC  
Thursday 5/26
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 

Healthy Weight Work Group 
Thursday 5/26
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045

 Access to Care Work Group 
Thursday 5/26
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045

Behavioral Health Work Group 
Thursday 5/26
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045

Healthy Aging Work Group 
Thursday 5/26
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045

Contact Us
Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Our mailing address is:
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045

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