Healthy Maryland Week

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 29

Kick-off Healthy MD Week with a Press Conference. Governor O’Malley will highlight the importance of living a healthy life, including daily physical activity as well as nutritious eating.

governor announces

Wednesday, May 30

Focus on Family Health: The Importance of Exercise and Nutrition from pre-birth to infant to adolescent and adulthood. Infant Mortality and Childhood Obesity focus. Dr. Sharfstein and Sec. Hance will host a press event at the Wheaton WIC Clinic to demonstrate the ease and benefits of healthy eating during pregnancy, childhood and beyond.

  • Educational PowerPoint presentation on "Preparing Healthy Meals",
  • A viewing of the trailer for HBOs 'Weight of the Nation'.
  • In addition, Sec. Hance will 'teach' Sec. Sharfstein how to prepare a healthy snack with the help of volunteer children from the audience.
locally grown food

Thursday, May 31

Health Enterprise Zones Event. Lt. Governor Brown will highlight the Administration’s Efforts to Address Health Disparities at the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Complex

  • 10-11 am: Lt. Governor Brown will participate in an event that offers free health screenings for hypertension/cholesterol/diabetes (health problems that are higher rates/lower treatment among black populations) hosted by Prince George’s County/Kaiser Permanente/Greater Bladen Health Services. 
  • 9- 12 am: Screenings available
  • The Lt. Governor will tour the screenings, possibly get screened, and we will have a brief speaking program discussing the Health Enterprise Zone  initiative and importance of addressing health disparities.

Friday, June 1

IWIF Workplace Wellness Symposium – Held at the BWI Marriot, this event will highlight corporate wellness and the importance of employee wellness programs, and their impact on productivity, reduced absenteeism and reduced health care costs.

  • Deputy Secretary Fran Phillips is scheduled to speak on State’s leadership.
  • Beth Blauer will also speak and officially announce “Wellness Stat” at Symposium.
  • Resource tables for companies that will highlight all of the Health and Wellness resources the state can provide for their employees/citizens will be on hand.

Sunday, June 3

Dr. Sharfstein to appear on WBAL morning show to wrap-up the week and possibly demonstrate a Chop-Chop MD recipe.


Healthy Resources and Programs in Maryland

Access to Health Insurance: From 2007 to February 2012, we have added 318,551 Marylanders to the health care rolls, almost half of them children (147,372).

ChopChop Maryland was launched last October to engage families in planning, cooking, and dining together. Highlights easy, healthy recipes based upon seasonal Maryland ingredients. Join by texting CHOPMD to code 43186.

WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP): Every county in Maryland and Baltimore City boasts at least one farmers’ market for a total of 138 markets. In Maryland, about 117 out of 138 farmers’ markets participate in WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to expand access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs.

healthy smoothies

Maryland's Best-Buy Local, Buy Fresh. The market for local products is increasing in the state, with more than 78 percent of Marylanders saying they would prefer to buy food grown in Maryland, according to the University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy.

Farm to School Program. Educates students about where their food comes from, how it is produced, and the benefits of a healthy diet. The Maryland Department of Agriculture works closely with the Maryland State Department of Education’s School and Community Nutrition Program on the Farm to School program. All 24 school systems have participated in buying local products for school lunches.

Healthiest Maryland is a statewide movement to create a culture of wellness—an environment that makes the healthiest choice an easy choice. It is a “grasstops” social marketing campaign to engage leadership in promoting wellness within their sphere of influence. 

Health Enterprise Zones offer tax breaks and other incentives to local health departments and community groups for their programs in underserved areas, designated as Health Enterprise Zones by the Community Health Resources Commission.


Cycle Maryland is an effort to encourage more Marylanders to get out and ride, and to make bicycling a true transportation alternative. Cycling is a great way to connect to your community, support

Maryland’s 113 senior centers offer opportunities for exercise programs, health screenings and wellness seminars.


2012 Health Legislation

Health Benefit Exchange Act
Facilitates the purchase and sale of qualified health and dental plans

The Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012
Creates a series of geographically based Health Enterprise Zones in underserved communities impacted by health disparities

Funding health care coverage for lower income adults; FY 2013 budget allocates alcohol tax towards programs for people with developmental disabilities and mental health issues; drug and alcohol treatment and prevention; home and community-based care; and health care worker training. 

Increased our tax on little cigars and smokeless tobacco, known as chew or spit tobacco. This will save thousands of young people from addiction to these deadly products.  Over the past few years, we have reduced cigarette smoking by 32 percent in Maryland.

Improvements at our state parks and other public lands Throughout our State, we’re investing $22.7 million in this year’s budget, which will allow us to create greener, more sustainable spaces for our families to explore and exercise