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October 07, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

LHIC Healthy Weight Work Group - Meeting Invitation 
The Healthy Weight Work Group would like to invite all LHIC members to attend their work group meeting on October 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Health Department building in the Barton B conference room. 

Mr. Tom Bonderenko, Executive Director of Moveable Feast, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to provide nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions in the Baltimore area, will be joining the meeting as a guest speaker. Mark your calendars and join the Healthy Weight Work Group to learn more about this great organization. 

Spring 2016 LHIC Community Forum - Save The Date and Planning Committee
As discussed during our last meeting, we will hold the first LHIC Community Forum on March 24, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Howard County Miller Library. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date. 

In addition, several members have already expressed their interest in participating on the planning committee for this event. However, we are still looking for volunteers. If you would like to be part of the planning committee, please send me an email at 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 Alvaro, LHIC Program Manager, at

Howard County - Event Spotlight

When you walk in the, Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's vision to create a world without suicide.  
To register for the Columbia Walk on October 17, please click
here. For more information or to visit their Facebook page, please click here
 Health in the News

Access to Care 
Mayor’s Initiative Could Boost Immigrant Health-Care Access
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected on Thursday to introduce a multimillion-dollar initiative to improve health-care access for some of the city’s low-income and uninsured immigrant population by connecting them to primary and preventive health-care services. The initiative, called Direct Access, isn't just an insurance program, it aims to create universal health care using existing providers already paid for by city, state or federal funds. Patients would have a primary-care doctor and a so-called medical home where care would be coordinated.

City officials said that helping people get convenient and affordable health care could aid in reducing unnecessary trips to the city’s emergency rooms and lower overall health-care costs over time.

Click here to read the full article.
Healthy Weight 
Late Bedtime Linked to Weight Gain in Teens
A new study has discovered a link between staying up late at night and having a higher body mass index (BMI) in teenagers. Specifically, the findings show that teens who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight compared to those who go to sleep earlier. This late-bedtime link remained consistent regardless of how many hours the teens actually slept.

The Berkeley study analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which has tracked the influences and behaviors of U.S. teenagers since 1994. Focusing on three time periods — the onset of puberty, the college-age years and young adulthood — researchers compared the bedtimes and BMI of teens from 1994 to 2009.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
Mental Health Awareness Week 2015: #IAmStigmaFree 
For the millions of persons living and coping with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia, the arrival of Mental Health Awareness Week this year, October 4-10, is no different than any other week; their ongoing battles and struggles with their illness is the same this week as it was last week. But for the nation, it’s an important reminder of the stigma that still exists toward persons who are diagnosed with mental illness.

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), nearly 1 in 4 Americans (62 million persons) are affected by mental illness annually, and 1 in 17 (14 million persons) live with a major mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Close to 20 percent of teens from 13-18 cope with mental illness annually, and about 18 percent of adults (42 million persons) cope with anxiety disorders.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 



Upcoming Events 
Kitchen Wisdom
Monday, October 12 & Monday, October 26
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
They say that variety is the spice of life! Sample foods and learn how to spice up healthy meals with herbs and spices for a variety of tastes. 

Please click here to register. 

Diabetes Screening & BMI with Stroke Assessment
Wednesday, October 21
Several Times Available   
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Are you concerned about your risk factors for diabetes? Meet with a registered nurse to receive a free diabetes screening which includes a glucose blood test, BMI (body mass index) measurement, and weight management information. Receive immediate results. Fasting 8 hours prior to test is recommended.

Please click here to register. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Lots of classes are available, please click here for a complete listing.

Webinar: Four Herbs to Support Your Fitness Goals
Monday, October 12
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
In this webinar, you’ll learn about the four powerful herbs to help you achieve your fitness goals this fall and throughout the seasons. Whether you are just starting a gentle fitness routine or training for a marathon, we’ll discuss specifically how to safely and effectively add turmeric, osha, cordyceps and/or ashwangdha into your plan. Each herb has multiple benefits that support your body’s adaptation to the “healthy” stress of exercise.  Whatever your fitness level or goals, these four herbs are excellent companions in becoming healthier.

Please click here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
If you are interested in classes, please click 
here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 
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 10/22
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room B

Access to Care  Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 10/22
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room A

Behavioral Health  Work Group Meeting 
Monday 10/26
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room B

For work group meetings in the Barton conference room, please enter from the front of the building. 


Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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