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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Fall into fitness this October and participate in the 6th Annual Making Strides for Awareness Fun Walk to be held at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill, Market Street. This is a free event co-sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Snow Hill. The first 50 registrants will receive a HOPE stadium cup. Registration begins at 5pm. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a ½ mile, 1-mile, or 2-mile walk.

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Public Health Officials Offer Food Safety Tips in Preparation of Potential Power Outages and Flooding Due to Hurricane Florence

(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Celebrate life and help raise awareness about suicide prevention on the Boardwalk this September with the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. On Saturday, September 22, hundreds of walkers from Maryland and across the country will gather in Ocean City to memorialize the victims of suicide, offer support to friends and family, and to raise funds for suicide awareness and mental health first aid through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year, the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will also host the second annual “Celebration of Life” event the night before the walk, to memorialize friends and family lost to suicide.                                                                                                                                                      

Walk Date: 09/22/2018
Walk Location: Caroline Street and Ocean City Boardwalk - Ocean City, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

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Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department confirms that a kitten has tested positive for rabies on August 29, 2018 on Snow Hill Rd (Rt. 12) north of Girdletree. The kitten was a female gray, black and tan striped tabby that was roughly eight-weeks-old. Residents of the property near where the kitten was found did not own the animal and the owners are unknown at this time.

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Ocean City, MD- Take a deep breath, Worcester County; this month Maryland celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act. Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and clubs, to preserve and improve the health, comfort, and environment of residents by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

For more information on the Clean Indoor Air Act, click here

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