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Because managing risk factors and making healthy choices is the foundation for healthy living, FMH invests significantly in disease prevention education. Drawing on the expertise and knowledge of virtually every department of the hospital, FMH seeks to safeguard and promote the health of the Frederick community through dozens of educational programs and events. Here are just a few of the many educational opportunities FMH provides to the community.
To raise awareness of asthma as a serious but controllable disease, FMH sponsors an annual Asthma Awareness Day. Last year, nearly 400 people attended the day-long event, which featured information on asthma triggers, medications and best practices in disease self-management. In May, FMH Asthma Educators organized a day camp for children with asthma, teaching them they can be just as active as other kids as long as they control their condition.
In addition, the FMH Community Outreach team works hard to encourage children and teens not to smoke, and to educate the public about the dangers of second-hand smoke. Members of the team help draw attention to smoking as a serious public health problem by staging annual observances of National Kick Butts Day, and by participating in community events including, National Night Out, In the Streets, the Great Frederick Fair, Senior Expo and dozens of health and wellness fairs.
FMH also teamed up with the Frederick County Commission For Women and several local colleges to present four seminars called Healthy Bones. More than 100 men and women learned about risk factors and symptoms of osteoporosis, as well as ways to reduce its debilitating effects.
In partnership with Tx:Team, FMH also offered a free seminar on urinary incontinence called I Only Leak When I Laugh at the Women’s Center at FMH Crestwood. Information presented included the causes and types of incontinence, as well as the use of physical therapy to diagnose and treat those symptoms. Planning is underway for another seminar on these topics, so mark your calendars for September 18, 2012 and watch our calendar of events and our Facebook page for details!
FMH also funds outreach activities to help families create healthier home environments with regard to nutrition, weight management, exercise, safety and injury prevention. In 2011, FMH co-sponsored the first Frederick County Family Olympics. This day-long event stressed the importance of including the whole family in a program of good nutrition and weight management and healthy heart activities.
Safe Kids Frederick County, part of FMH Family Focus Services, provided access to free and at-cost safety products to area families, and worked with other agencies to develop a coordinated Safety & Injury Prevention Program to prevent accidental death. In addition, 22 first grade classrooms received information on poison safety through the FMH Adopt-a-Pharmacist program.