Healthy Eating & Active Living

Healthy Eating and Active Living are essential in the prevention and control of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. These chronic diseases contribute to the leading causes of death nationally and here in St. Mary’s County. By focusing on healthy eating and maintaining a physically active lifestyle, residents can help prevent these chronic diseases (and many other conditions) as well as the complications associated with them. When communities focus on strategies to support healthy eating and active living for their residents, they improve population health and minimize the financial burden associated with chronic diseases.

Multiple community partners, including MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, are implementing strategies that promote healthy eating and active living in our county. These strategies focus on promoting workplace wellness, healthy eating and exercise in school settings, creating a physical environment within a community that supports active living (“built environment”), and helping individuals make healthy eating and active living part of their lifestyles. Click here for more information on community-wide efforts to address healthy eating and active living in St. Mary’s County.

Click here to learn about the Alive! program, an email-based program to help individuals and employers in St. Mary’s County improve physical activity levels and nutrition for themselves and their employees.

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