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December 31, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Happy New Year! 

Wishing you a very joyful and prosperous New Year! We look forward to continuing our work together in 2016.

2015 New Year's Resolution - Final Results 
As you may recall, the LHIC staff  made a resolution to highlight every LHIC organization at least once in the LHIC Digest during 2015. This could be through our Member Spotlight, Howard County or Health in the News sections or in Upcoming Events.  We were able to include 26 of the 42 current LHIC organizations this year. 

We didn't quite reach our goal, but we look forward to trying again in 2016!  Please consider 
the LHIC Digest as 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 aortiz@healthyhowardmd.org

 Health in the News

Access to Care 
Baby Boomers Set Another Trend: More Golden Years In Poorer Health
After the last of the baby boomers become fully eligible for Medicare, the federal health program can expect significantly higher costs in 2030 both because of the high number of beneficiaries and because many are expected to be significantly less healthy than previous generations.

The typical Medicare beneficiary who is 65 or older will more likely be obese, disabled and suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure than those in 2010, according to a report by the University for Southern California’s Schaeffer Center of Health Policy and Economics.

Click here to read the full article.
Healthy Weight 
New Statistics Show One of Every Three US Deaths Caused By Cardiovascular Disease
One of every three deaths in the U.S. in 2013 was from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, while heart disease and stroke were the top two killers worldwide, according to American Heart Association's 2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.

The update now tracks health factors and behaviors known to contribute to good cardiovascular health, referred to by the AHA as Life's Simple 7. These include smoking status, physical activity, healthy diet, body weight, and control of cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
Early Childhood Depression Alters Brain Development?
The brains of children who suffer from clinical depression as preschoolers develop abnormally, compared with the brains of preschoolers unaffected by the disorder, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

"What is noteworthy about these findings is that we are able to see how a life experience -- such as an episode of depression -- can change the brain's anatomy," said first author Joan L. Luby, MD, whose research established that children as young as 3 can experience depression. 

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 
Vendors Wanted
The Columbia Association is holding their annual Team Member Health Fair on Tuesday, March 15, 10 a.m - 2 p.m., Slayton House (Wilde Lake Village Center). This is a FREE event. Interested vendors should call Shawni Paraska at (410) 715- 3128 or email shawni.paraska@columbiaassociation.org by February 15.
NAMI HC is hosting a Basket Bingo Fundraiser on Friday, January 8, 2016 at The Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville, MD. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Game starts at 7:00 p.m. All Longaberger "themed" baskets will be filled, exciting door prizes, raffles and food. Purchase tickets at www.namihowardcounty.org in advance for $20 at or at the door for $25. Call 410-772-9300 for more information.
Upcoming Events 

Smoke-Free Lungs
Monday, January 4
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD
Want to give up smoking but don't know where to begin? Learn tips for quitting your tobacco habit and mastering long-term success. This program provides support and education for those wanting to quit as well as support for those who have already quit.  

Please click here to register. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Lots of other classes available, please click here for a complete listing.
Guided Meditation
Howard County Miller Library 
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Tuesday, January 05
7:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. 
Enjoy a guided mindfulness meditation designed to impart a feeling of peacefulness and connection. Please bring a cushion or meditation pillow. Presented by Star Ferguson, M.Ac., L.Ac., a faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health. 

Please click here to register or call 410-313-1590.

Calming Crafts
Howard County Miller Library 
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Monday, January 11
7:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m
Research shows that creative activities can boost serotonin levels. Join the HC Miller Library branch to use artistic expression to improve your mood. All levels of artistic ability welcome.

Please click here to register or call 410.313.1590.

Webinar: Workplace Wellness: Developing a Culture of Health
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Tuesday, January 12
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 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.

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. 


Upcoming LHIC Meetings

Coffee and Networking 
Thursday 1/28
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Potomac Room

Full LHIC Meeting 
Thursday 1/28
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Potomac Room

Access to Care  Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 1/28
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Barton Room A

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 1/28
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Potomac Room

Behavioral Health  Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 1/28
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Barton Room B


Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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