What are trans fats?
What are trans fats?
What are trans fats?
Get active!
Get active!
Get active!
E-cigarette use triples among youth
E-cigarette use triples among youth
E-cigarette use triples among youth
Naloxone saves lives
Naloxone saves lives
Naloxone saves lives
How do demographics affect health care disparities?
How do demographics affect health care disparities?
How do demographics affect health care disparities?
Million Hearts aims to prevent heart disease
Million Hearts aims to prevent heart disease
Million Hearts aims to prevent heart disease
Over 50? It's time for a colonoscopy!
Over 50? It's time for a colonoscopy!
Over 50? It's time for a colonoscopy!
Help your child's asthma
Help your child's asthma
Help your child's asthma
Learn More About the Bay Restoration Fund Grant
Learn More About the Bay Restoration Fund Grant
Learn More About the Bay Restoration Fund Grant
Current Food Recalls & Alerts
Current Food Recalls & Alerts
Current Food Recalls & Alerts

Community Health Matters

What You Should Know About Trans Fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently took action to significantly reduce the use of Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs), the major source of artificial trans fats in our food supply. “The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” said FDA’s Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, MD. “This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease … [Read More...]

Get Active – Wherever You Are

Get Active for your Health Most of us are aware that physical activity can help us live longer, healthier lives. Moving more and sitting less can reduce our risk for many serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain kinds of cancer. Some studies suggest that physical activity can have mental benefits as well, helping to relieve depression and maintain thinking abilities as you age. Even though most of us … [Read More...]

Latest News Release

Potential Risk of Vibrio Infection from Natural Waters

LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 29, 2015) – Vibriosis (vibrio) is a rare but potentially dangerous infection associated with swimming in natural waters, particularly warm bodies of salt or brackish water such as the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Maryland averages approximately 25 cases of vibrio infection each year, according to state officials. The vibrio vulnificus bacterium can cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm … [Read More...]

Our Mission

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is working to promote a healthy community by:

  • Informing and empowering our residents about public health issues;

  • Continuing to strengthen community partnerships;

  • Managing open, efficient, and effective culturally sensitive programs to assure adequate public health services;

  • Monitoring health status and developing policies to address public health issues;

  • Maintaining a safe and healthy environment; and

  • Preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.