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5 Things You May Not Know About Acupuncture

Each year, millions of people in America use acupuncture, a traditional Chinese approach to improving health. While acupuncture has been used in China for over 2,000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it has become increasingly popular in America over the past few decades. Still, many people are not familiar with what it is and what it can be used for.

“Acupuncture is an effective way to treat many different ailments that people experience,” explains Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine (www.kaplanclinic.com), located in McLean, VA.  “While some people may be skeptical at first, they end up as fans, after they try acupuncture and see how it helps improve their health and well being.”

Prince George’s County Health Department Offering Free Dental Screenings From Children

Prince George’s County Health Department Offering Free Dental Screenings From Children

This story comes to us from Dellia Williams:

Free dental screenings for children 0 to 18 years of age will be offered at the Cheverly Health Center on a walk-in basis.  Throughout the month of February, in celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Prince George’s County Health Department’s Dental Health program will offer free screenings to children 0 to 18 years of age. 


Laurel Personal Trainer: Weight Loss Gimmicks are Hard to Swallow

(LAUREL, MD January 27, 2011) – The New Year is well under way but you may still carry those stubborn pounds you piled on during the holiday season. They are a constant reminder of all the caloric excesses you indulged in, while healthy eating habits and regular exercise temporarily flew out the window.

“It happens every year - many people gain weight in just the few weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year,” says Joe Buabeng, a personal trainer at Fitness Optimist in Laurel, MD. “Now they are trying to slim down, but the question is, are they doing it right?”

Boil Water Advisory Remains In Effect for Customers in Parts of Prince George’s County Heading

LAUREL, MD, JANUARY 24, 2011:Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) crews began the initial stages of making repairs to the 54-inch water main that broke earlier today forcing a shutdown of part of the Inner Loop of the Capitol Beltway (I-495). The final valve shut-off to stop the leak occurred about 12:30 p.m. The break has been isolated and the system is filling up and stabilizing.  Customer water pressure should be restored.

As a precaution, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for customers served by WSSC in a large portion of Prince George’s County south of Central Avenue and Route 202 (Landover Road). The BWA will remain in effect until water samples are tested and declared safe. 

Prince George's County Launches HIV Awareness Campaign

The Prince George’s County Health Department is hosting a press conference to launch its HIV Awareness Campaign, responding to the alarming levels of HIV cases in Prince George’s County.

“Maryland ranks fourth in the United States and territories for the number of HIV cases reported,” said Dr. Donald Shell, M.D., M.A., Health Officer for the Health Department. “We hope that this campaign will raise awareness about the prevalence of HIV in the area and urge residents to get tested and treated.”

The event takes place on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Prince George’s County Health Department

Headquarters Building

1701 McCormick Drive, Suite 200

Conference Room

Largo, MD  20774

County Sets First Health and Wellness Expo

The Prince George’s County Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Council (HWRAC) and County Executive Jack B. Johnson are sponsoring the first health and wellness expo, “Wellness Works,” for county employees on October 7. All county employees are encouraged to attend and may be granted up to four hours of administrative leave by their agency or department appointing authority. Executive Jack B. Johnson will be attending.

The expo will feature demonstrations, vendors, informational handouts and various health screenings. This is the first major event sponsored by the HWRAC, which was created earlier this year.

Appearances will be made by County Executive Jack B. Johnson; Dr. Donald Shell, Department of Health Director; and others.



Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Two sessions: one from 8 a.m. to noon, and a second from 12:30 to 4 p.m.