Thank You For All Your Support During Our Meeting Last Thursday! 
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January  28, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Thank you!
We would like to thank all the members who attended the forum on the new All-Payer Model for Maryland last Thursday. We hope it was informative and that you were able to learn about the exciting initiatives that are happening in Maryland. We will be sending out the materials (agenda, power point presentations, etc) from the forum shortly. 

New Healthy Aging Work Group
As you may recall from our November LHIC meeting, we have been working to create a Healthy Aging work group as part of the Coalition. In partnership with the Office of Aging from the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, we will begin the meetings for this group in mid to late February. We are asking anyone who would like to be part of Healthy Aging to please email us, if you haven't already. We will send out more details about the kickoff meetings later this month. Thank you for your interest in this new opportunity to improve the health of Howard County residents.
Send Us Your News
Please remember 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

Howard County 

Congratulations to LHIC Member Joan Webb Scornaienchi! 
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission  selected Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, as the Individual Honoree for the Living the Dream Award for her many personal and professional contributions to the community. The award was presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration on Sunday, January 18, 2015. Ms. Scornaienchi received a personalized plaque and a monetary gift of $300. 
Health in the News

Healthy Weight
More realistic physical activity targets needed, say experts
Physical activity guidelines should focus on getting inactive people to do a little activity rather than strive for the entire population to meet the current target of 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, say experts in The BMJ today.

Too much sitting has been shown to increase the risk of chronic diseases, particularly diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Current guidelines suggest adults do 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week, but more than a third (35.6%) of adults worldwide are insufficiently active.

Please click here for the full article. 
Behavioral Health
High-intensity' disruptive behavior may indicate future problems for children
Temper tantrums, stealing and throwing toys around are forms of disruptive behavior that many young children exhibit when growing up. However, if this behavior is "high-intensity," it could indicate a psychiatric problem that predicts future antisocial behavior.

The conclusion comes from a new study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, in which researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, assessed the behavior of children at both preschool age and then school age.

Conduct disorder refers to a range of behavioral and emotional problems that are experienced by children and adolescents. The condition leads to youngsters having difficulty following rules or behaving in a manner deemed socially acceptable.

Click here to read the full article. 

Access to Care

From Our Members 
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
Optimal Health for My Baby and Me
The Columbia Association is developing a new program: Optimal Health for My Baby and Me. The program will offer a 12-week Package Plan Plus membership, specialized exercise classes, nutrition consultations, and wellness coaching. The program is scheduled to begin January 2016. The Columbia Association invites all LHIC members to join their planning committee. Please let Shawni know of your interest. Note: The meeting for Optimal Health for My Baby and Me will be on February 12, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Columbia Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland.

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

Upcoming Events 
Dietary Counseling
Tuesday, February 3
Several times available 
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
This individualized nutritional counseling program is available for children and adults. Meet with a registered dietitian one-on-one to discuss your dietary concerns and goals including weight loss, healthier bones, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol.  The counseling is also appropriate for those who want to gain weight, maintain a vegetarian diet, or just need good advice about following a healthy diet. Day and evening appointments are available.  Payment is due at time of registration. Insurance is not accepted. 

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.

New Perspectives on a Heart Healthy Diet
Tuesday, February 3
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
This lecture will challenge the myth that heart health is all about watching one’s cholesterol numbers. Instead, we will focus on reducing inflammation, reducing sugar, and increasing healthy fat and vegetable intake. A demonstration will be included on how to prepare an entrée that includes anti-inflammatory foods, and also present some healthy snack options for participants to sample.    

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

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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