January 16,  2013

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

Please allow me to introduce the new and improved LHIC Digest.  With eye-catching graphics and appealing color scheme.    Some of the new features include: 
  • Link to the Howard County Facebook page
  • Link to the Howard County Twitter feed
  • Link to Notify Me Howard
  • A button that forward's the digest to your colleagues (bottom of digest)
  • Ability to edit your subscription information
  • Increased readability and accessibility
Moving forward, all correspondence from the LHIC will be sent in this format. As always the LHIC digest will feature topics and events pertinent to our mission and our members.   For the month of December it will be sent through outlook as well.  Please add the LHIC to your safe sender's list so you will receive it in your inbox.  

Next LHIC meeting Monday, February 11th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.


Resource: New Year’s Feature from CDC – Commit to Quit Smoking in 2013 {new}
New Year’s is a time when many people make resolutions to quit smoking. To leverage this once-a-year opportunity, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has communications activities and products that can help people commit to quit smoking in 2013. Below is a list of them. We hope your organization can use the materials and resources to support those in your community who want to quit. We encourage you to share this information with your tobacco control partners so that they can use them, too.  Click here for resources.

Coca-Cola Addresses Obesity in New Ad Campaign {new}

Coca-Cola kicked off an advertising campaign to address the nation’s obesity epidemic, the first of its kind from a major beverage company. The campaign’s first ad (click here for video)  began airing yesterday on cable news channels CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—focuses on Coca-Cola’s record with respect to calorie count labels, offering new options in school vending machines, and funding physical activity programs. The second ad – scheduled to debut during “American Idol” this week and again prior to the Super Bowl – will highlight activities customers can do to burn off the calories in a can of Coke.   For full article, click here.

AAP: Recess Should Complement, Not Replace, Physical Education {new}
In a policy statement released last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) voiced its support for recess in schools, citing the “crucial role” it plays in children’s overall cognitive, academic, social and physical development. The AAP statement added that unstructured recess should complement rather than replace physical education, and that it “should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.” A brief from Active Living Research released in January 2012 noted that children can accumulate up to 40 percent of their total daily physical activity during recess, while recess breaks throughout the day can improve students’ classroom behavior and attentiveness. For full statement, click here.

Fresh Fruit Tops Chocolate, Potato Chips as Nation’s Top Snack {new}
A report from NPD Group – a consumer market research firm – has found that fresh fruit is the most popular snacking food in America. “Snacking in America” reports that fresh fruit is preferred by Americans ten times more than chocolate and twenty-five times more than potato chips. Researchers attributed the rise in preference for fresh fruit to several factors, including Americans’ increasing focus on their health and fruit being a particular favorite among children and senior citizens, among other age groups. For full article, click here.

Community Transformation Grant resources and upcoming webinars. 

Study Finds Modest Declines in Obesity Rates among Young Children from Poor Families 

A new national study has found modest declines in obesity among 2- to 4-year-olds from poor families, a dip that researchers say may indicate that the obesity epidemic has passed its peak among this group.  The study, by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drew on the height and weight measurements of 27 million children who were part of the federal Women, Infants and Children program, which provides food subsidies to low-income mothers and their children up to the age of 5.  The study was based on data from 30 states and the District of Columbia and covered the years from 1998 to 2010. The share of children who were obese declined to 14.9 percent in 2010, down from 15.2 percent in 2003, after rising between 1998 and 2003. Extreme obesity also declined, dropping to 2.07 percent in 2010 from 2.22 percent in 2003. For the full article, click here. The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Howard County Unsweetened
At the command of Burleigh Manor Middle School students on Tuesday, we dumped approximately 10 tons of “sugar” (actually, white sand) to commemorate the launch of Howard County Unsweetened, an initiative to fight childhood obesity by providing better drink options where our kids live, learn, and play.  At the event, we were joined by County Executive Ken Ulman who announced an Executive Order that ensures Howard County government will only provide healthy drink options on its property.

Physically Fit Students Do Better in School than Others, Study Finds
The Question: Might being physically fit help young people academically?  Click here for full article.

New CHIP Fact Sheets  
The updated versions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) fact sheets are available online. The fact sheets describe each state’s CHIP program in 2011, including eligibility and enrollment, cost sharing, and service delivery system. Information included in the fact sheets came from a variety of sources, including state reported data. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation supported the development and production of the fact sheets. Click here for the fact sheets.

Millions of Nonsmokers Exposed to Smoke From Neighbors' Apartments: Report 
As many as 29 million U.S. apartment dwellers who have no smoking rules for their own homes are exposed to secondhand smoke seeping in from neighboring apartments and common areas, federal officials reported Friday.  For more information, click here.

Healthy Howard Health Plan Updates 
As of January 2, 2013, the Healthy Howard Health Plan (HHHP) will no longer be accepting new applications.  Due to a long wait list and the amount of time that it takes a new member to seek medical services through the Health Plan, new applications will only be accepted through the end of December 2012.  Everyone who is on the wait list at that point will have the opportunity to enroll into HHHP in the first few months of 2013.  Additional appointments to complete an electronic application will be added in the month of December so that everyone who wants to apply to HHHP will have the opportunity to do so.  If you refer clients to our program, please make note of this change.  Any questions may be directed to Lena Hershkovitz at410.988.3737 ext. 12.

Healthcare Howard Website Launch
Healthy Howard, Inc. and the Howard County HealthDepartment have come together to create the Healthcare Howard website atwww.healthcarehoward.org.  This will provide important information about health reform and how it will affect individuals, health care providers, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in Howard County.  For the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to "like" us on Facebook (Healthcare-Howard), follow us on Twitter (@HealthcareHoCo), and sign up to receive email updates on the website.

Next meeting February 11th.


Howard County Health Department Tobacco Treatment Program and Volunteer Opportunities, Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm {free}
Quit Smoking Today!  FREE Tobacco Treatment Program open to anyone who lives or works in Howard County.  This is a 4 week program, 1 session per week.  A physician evaluation for medication support will be offered from 5:00pm -8:00pm, by appointment only.  Walk-in clinics for a one-on-one counseling session with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, offered in English and Spanish will be offered on Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  For more information, please see flyer.

Join a Walking Club to Aid Your Weight Loss Plan 
Now that the holidays are over and you have started your weight loss plan, why not join a walking club to help trim off those pounds?  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has moved their walking clubs inside for the winter months.  On Saturdays they walk in the Columbia Mall. The department stores will not be open, please use the main entrance next to Lord & Taylor and assemble in front of Lord & Taylor on the lower level. If you are an early riser you can meet Ardra Bailey at 7:00 AM.    If you are later riser you can meet Tonia Smith at 8:00 AM.   Contact:  Tonia Smith/trsmitty3@gmail.com  or   Arleen Tate/preventiontechnologies@gmail.com
 Association of Community Services General Meeting, Wednesday, January 16, 12:00 p.m. {new}
Hear from a panel of organizations that support people experiencing an emergency or crisis regarding housing, food, domestic violence, or sexual abuse. A great session for staff to learn which county resources, programs and services are available to community members. Listen to recent developments, including the Coordinated System of Homeless Services (CSHS), to improve access to services in times of need.

National Alliance on Mental Health Metro Baltimore, Wednesday, January 16, 7:00-9:00p.m. {free} {new}
Suicide Prevention Training
NAMI is having a free Suicide Prevention Training featuring the QPR Institute and Susan Love, QPR Certified Instructor. For more information, click here.

Smoke-Free Lungs January 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. {free} {new}
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. Choose to attend one or all of the sessions depending on your individual needs. FREE. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive. Columbia. 410 740-7810.

The Eyes of Children Jan. 17, 2012  7 p.m.  to 8:30 p.m. {free} 
Children's learning is affected by their vision. Learn about eye health and safety, common complaints and what parents can do. This topic is presented by pediatric ophthalmologist Anya Trumler, M.D. Click on the class title for more information or call 410 740-7602.
If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes...  {free}
Dates: 1/18, 1/23, 2/15, and 2/20
Day Program: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Evening Program: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes--or even if you have been living with diabetes for some time and would like to make a commitment to improve your health--this course will teach you how to change your habits and will give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy. Our diabetes specialists will not tell you what to do--instead they will empower you with information and design a diabetes management plan to fit your lifestyle.  This is a two-day, interactive group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist and exercise specialist. The class is held at The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center in the hospital. Choose either a day program or a condensed evening program. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration Sunday, January 20, 2013 {free} {new}
Reception 2:00 p.m. Program 3:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission presents its 28th annual celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Howard Communty College.
For more information, call 410-313-6430 or visit http://www.howardcountymd.gov/mlkholidaycommission.htm.

Looking to Lose Weight? January 21, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. {free} {new}
In part one of our Healthy Weight, Healthy You series, our certified nutritionist and registered dietitian will discuss physiology and health challenges that affect your weight. Learn to plan meals that taste great, provide balance in your diet, and promote health. FREE, but registration is required. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive. Columbia. 410 740-7810.

Living Your Best Life With Diabetes Group Education Class 
Tuesday & Wednesday, January 22nd & 23rdfrom 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Saint Agnes Hospital
In this eight-hour class, you’ll learn how to manage your diabetes to help prevent complications and live your life to the fullest. Our Saint Agnes experts will offer useful, realistic tips for nutrition and exercise, stress management and blood sugar control. To attend these classes, all patients must first schedule an individual diabetes appointment for initial assessment. Diabetes education and classes are covered by most healthinsurances. Physician referral is required. For further details, obtain referral form, or schedule your initial appointment, call (410) 368-8448. Make your health a top priority this year!

Kitchen Wisdom: Nutrition and Delicious Meals January 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m. {free}
They say that variety is the spice of life! In part two of our Healthy Weight, Healthy You series, sample foods and learn how to spice up healthy meals with herbs and spices for a variety of taste. FREE, but registration is required. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive. Columbia. 410 740-7810

Wellness at Wegman's Series, 6:00pm – 7:30pm 
Saint Agnes Hospital and Wegmans of Columbia are excited to announce a new Wellness Partnership!  The speaker series will take place on the second floor of the brand new Wegman's in Columbia (located at 8855 Mcgaw Rd, Columbia, MD 21045) on the second Monday of every month.  Complimentary light refreshments will be served.
Link: http://360.stagnes.org/community-and-events/wellness-at-wegmans/

Well4life® Program at Saint Agnes Hospital
A holistic and comprehensive approach to weight loss and healthy living, the well4life® program at Saint Agnes Hospital provides medical oversight, your own personal health coach, educational and fitness classes, support groups, a web companion and more.  If you’d like to change your lifestyle habits and reach a meaningful health and wellness goal, we can give you the support and expertise you need. Find out more at www.well4lifeprogram.com or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.

Hunger-Free Howard Program 
Did you know that the Howard County Food Bank served more than 20,000 individuals last year?  Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) is looking for community groups -churches, schools, girl/boy scout troops, fraternal organizations, clubs, offices, or athletic associations- that would like to help create a Hunger-free Howard by collecting 1 high-need item for the Food Bank each month.  High need items include peanut butter, cereal, pasta and pasta sauce, soup, cooking oils, and personal care items.  For more information, or to become a Hunger-free Howard Partner, contact Lisa Clossin at lclossin@cac-hc.org or410-313-0703.

2013 Maryland Million Hearts Symposium
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This day-long summit will focus on initiatives that save lives from heart disease and stroke with a focus on strategies to address hypertension control in various community and healthcare settings. Click here for registration information.

DHPE Webinar: Basics of Social Media 

Social media can be a powerful tool for individuals and organizations in extending outreach capabilities beyond their web site. This session will cover the bare bones basics for Twitter, Facebook and Linked In, and discuss other online outlets. We will cover setting up accounts, posting, sharing, tweeting, liking, hash tags, fan pages, groups, photos, and best practices.  For registration information, click here.

Webinar: New Nutrition and Wellness Handbook: CACFP Creating Healthier Child Care Environments {new}
January 24, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM
The new USDA and HHS Nutrition and Wellness handbook for early childhood programs has been released. Join the Food Research and Action Center and USDA for a webinar to learn how you can create healthier child care environments with the new “Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program” and “CACFP Wellness Resources" web page. This is an opportunity to learn, ask questions and to express your views via a webinar survey.  Click here for registration information. 

Webinar: Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Webinar—Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place
January 30, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) was established to assist local elected officials in accomplishing specific goals that promote improved nutrition and increased physical activity.  Over the next year, LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn five gold medals.  Gold, silver, and bronze medals, with associated benchmarks, have been established to encourage progress in achieving the LMCTC goals.  When an LMCTC site achieves a benchmark, thereby earning a medal, their site will be publicly recognized by National League of Cities (NLC).  Join us to learn how local elected officials through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) can prominently display MyPlate in all municipally- or county-owned or operated venues where food is served.  Click here for registration information.


Additionally we welcome you to submit any news or events that you would like to share with the group.  The deadline for submissions is Monday by 5:00pm to anugent@howardcountymd.gov

 Our mailing address is: 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046