Lifestyle Balance - You can do it!

Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with certified lifestyle coaches through group sessions beginning August 25th in Snow Hill.  The Lifestyle Balance Program is a year-long, healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss program that has been proven effective in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, assisting in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy body weight, and decreasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.  


 If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or have a family history of gestational diabetes the Lifestyle Balance program can help you significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.   By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, you can lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight and this can cut your risk for developing type 2 diabetes in half. 
 
The Health Department has been providing the Lifestyle Balance program since July 2009.  Since that time, program participants have lost a combined total of over 3,000 pounds, and have noticed an improvement in blood pressure, body fat and cholesterol levels as a result of program participation.  When asked about the effectiveness of the program, recent participants have stated, “I am so thankful for this program. I truly believe it helped to save my life”; and “This program has improved my health significantly, I feel.”  
 
The Lifestyle Balance Program, a year-long program, taught by CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program trained instructors including a certified exercise specialist, registered dietitian, and a health educator will be offered at the Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill, starting on Monday, August 25, 2014.  The program will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm for 16 weeks.  The program will continue to meet once/month for six months following conclusion of the initial 16 week core education program.  Each session will include an education component and participation in physical activity.  
 
         All participants receive their own personal lifestyle change coach who will assist them with goal setting, progress, and overcoming barriers.  Program participants also receive incentives such as step counters, resistance bands, cook books, and more.  To learn more about the program, determine if you qualify for participation, or to enroll, please call 410-632-0056.
 

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Worcester County Health Department encourages residents to take part in the 2nd Annual 1 Billion Steps Challenge through the American Public Health Association. Last year, Worcester walked more than six million steps in the winter and spring, coming in third place among nearly 700 teams across the country. This year, taking part in 1 Billion Steps is easier than ever: individuals and teams can register online using the Stridekick app for smartphones and other devices. The challenge begins on January 1, 2018, and ends on April 8, 2018.

To sign up for Worcester Health's team on Stridekick, click here. For more information, call 410-632-0056.

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Baltimore, MD (December 7, 2017) – The 14th Annual Maryland Health Equity Conference, which focuses on needed coordination, collaboration, and available opportunities to address population health and health disparities in Maryland, was held today in Baltimore.

Read more ... Due to inclement weather, the Just Walk Making Strides event scheduled for today is rescheduled for 5-6 p.m. on October 18 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill. For more information, please call 410-632-0056.  Read more ...
Snow Hill, Md. – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program would like to announce this year’s open enrollment period which begins on November 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017 for Qualified Health and/or Dental plans. During this time, certified Navigators are available to assist individuals and families with the application and enrollment process into a private plan through the state marketplace, Maryland Health Connection.  
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Snow Hill, MD- Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce that the agency received a three-year, federal grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund a Rural Health Opioid program in Worcester. 
 
The grant is $250,000 annually and will support Worcester County’s ongoing coordination and response to the local opioid epidemic. The funding will be used to support efforts to reduce heroin/opioid use and overdose deaths; utilize outreach and motivational strategies to encourage and engage individuals into treatment, provide care coordination for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), implement a public awareness campaign to reduce stigma associated with addiction treatment, and support individuals in recovery.
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