For program info call 443-523-1700

Diabetes Prevention

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Diabetes Prevention Program 

The National Diabetes Prevention Program returns to Somerset County. The free program includes 16 weekly sessions followed byprogram flyer for Diabetes Prevention Program starting Aug. 25 6 months of follow-up sessions with a health coach. Successful participants can expect to lose at least 5% of their body weight and reduce their risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Learn how to eat better, plan healthy meals, increase physical activity and manage weight loss. Registration is required. For more details , call 443.523.1700.  Can’t make August 25?  No problem, call us about our next class coming in the fall. 

Helpful Links & Information About Diabetes Prevention

SCALE For Families

‘SCALE (Sustainable Change and Lifestyle Enhancement) for Families’ is our newest program for women and children. This free evidenced-based weight loss, nutrition, and physical activity program is for women ages 18 to 55, and their children ages 7 to 17. In a group setting, health coaches will guide participants through healthy eating and physical activity education and activities to achieve sustained weight loss and healthy lifestyle habits. The program will also include special group exercise, cooking demonstrations, grocery store tours, and more.  For all the details call 443.523.1700 to register for the Somerset County Program. For Wicomico county sessions, call 410.334.3480. 


Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national movement focused on addressing safety concerns so that children can walk and bike safely to school.  Whereas about half of all American children walked or biked to school in 1969, that number has fallen to less than 15%, according to current estimates. By implementing SRTS Programs, schools and communities can create safer streets, increase student physical activity and health, and improve academic achievement.

With technical assistance from America Walks, Somerset County Health Dept. is partnering with the Somerset County Schools and local agencies to coordinate walk-to-school events, traffic calming “pop-up” projects, a public participation survey, and creation of the Somerset County SRTS Plan.

“Three Golden Rules” of walking to school:picture of children and parents walking to school

  1. WALK (don’t run)
  2. Stay on the Sidewalk 
  3. Walk Sensibly (no shoving, pushing, jumping on one another, etc.)

SRTS Resources

Physical Activity in Somerset County

Trail Mix logo

Get out and explore Somerset County on some of the most unique trails on the Eastern Shore. With the Somerset County’s Original Trail Mix you can find the best places across the county to be active! From walking, hiking, biking, or paddling, there is always

something to explore. For more information check out the official Trail Mix website at or download the Trail Mix app to get all the info at your fingertips. It’s free on Android or Apple devices. Follow us on Facebook at ‘Somerset County Original Trail Mix’. 

Explore the Lower Eastern SHore along 43 marked trails. Follow link for a detailed map. 

# Walk Somerset

Walk somerset logo which is the text in black and blue Walk Somerset is a coalition of community organizers and leaders advocating to improve walking opportunities and walkability in Somerset County. Coalition partners include Somerset County Recreation & Parks, Somerset County Tourism, Judy Center Partnership, Somerset County Public Works, Main Street Princess Anne, and other local community members. The #WalkSomerset initiative was created to encourage people to start walks in their own neighborhoods with friends, family, and co-workers. To share your walks in Somerset County, or to find out about upcoming events, check out the Walk Somerset Facebook page. Make sure to share using   ‘#WalkSomersetMD’!

healthy eating: 

myplate, my wins: What’s your healthy eating style? 


tips to lead a healthier lifestyle: 

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compare nurition facts labels to find the lowest sugar content: 

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Healthy Somerset Garden Project

pic of vegetables, a tote bag and recipe sheetThe Somerset County Health Department has received a grant from the Maryland Health Resource Commission since 2014 to address childhood and family obesity in Somerset County. One aspect of the grant project was to promote food security. Thus, in partnership with the Eastern Correctional Institute, an inmate garden was established to provide locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables. Thanks to ECI and various community partners more than 42,800 pounds of fresh produce have been given to families in need throughout the county.





healthy somerset cooking – emmanuel wesleyan crisfield campus 

Haitian Coleslaw 





Healthy Somerset recipes: 















Stuffed Peppers

Oven Roasted Vegetables

Cucumber Salad

Veggie Quesadillas


Zucchini Pizza Bites

Mac N Cheese with Broccoli

Zucchini Lasagna


Squash Pasta Salad,

Cool Melon Slushie,

Beef & Cabbage,

Beet & Tomato Soup














Eggplant Parmesan

Fried Cabbage

Roasted Asparagus & Tomatoes


Harvest Fajitas

Chicken, Sweet Potato & Carrot Packets

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies 


Crunchy Vegetable Wrap

Apple Cranberry Salad Toss

Mustard Greens with Chipotle and Bacon




Roasted Radishes

Squash Quick Bread or Muffins

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta 


Balsamic Roasted Beets

South of the Border Salad

Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Balls 


Peach Salsa

Spinach, Strawberry & Cantaloupe Salad

Watermelon Sorbet

Tomato & Cucumber Salad 



Nappa Cabbage & Cucumber Slaw,

Green Bean Saute,

Zucchini Apple Fritters,

Grilled Patty Pan


Crispy Crunchy Zucchini Bites,

Mexican Veggie Bake,

Summer Squash Medley,

Cabbage Stir Fry 


Mediterranean Chickpea Wedge Salad,

Beef or Shrimp Taco Salad



Peppered Steak

Kale Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms 


Cantaloupe Salad Glazed Maple & Cinnamon 

Garlic Green Beans w/ Parmesan 

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars 

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie





The Brightside: Healthy Somerset Garden Project

July 16, 2019 by Dani Bozzini

You can read the original article here.


delmarvanow: Feeding local families, ECI inmates grow thousands of pounds of organic produce each year

June 5, 2021; Rose Velazquez, Salisbury Daily Times

Read the original story here

Tri-County Area Food Pantries 2020

Obesity Prevention 

map of maryland highlight somerset county obesity rates

Obesity rates in Somerset County are pretty shocking—50% more of adults in Somerset County suffer from obesity than those in the rest of Maryland. 45% of county adults and 21.3% of county children are considered obese in our county. But that’s not all; obesity is also looked at as a major health concern in the county because of a lack of weight loss activities and healthy food options.  

People who are obese – compared to people with a healthy weight – are more likely to have various health problems and conditions such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and cancer.  The Somerset County Health Department’s is working to promote food security and decrease childhood and adult obesity by developing various initiatives and projects in our community. For more information, please contact 443-523-1719.


Eggplant is healthy and delicious.  Think of it as a purple zucchini and prepare it in the same way. 

picture of sliced eggplant with recipe for cheesy eggplant

picture of eggplant sliced with how to prepare tips

Adolescent Health and Sexual Risk Avoidance Education

we are currently accepting proposals for an after school program:  The Somerset County Health Department is accepting proposals for an after school program that provides support and resources for youth dealing with mental health impacts of COVID-19. These funds are made possible through the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Population Health Improvement (OPHI) Substance…

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Narcan / Naloxone (Overdose Response Program)

Overdose Response Program The Overdose Response Program offers free training and certification in the use of naloxone, the life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. The program provides information on how to recognize an opioid overdose, administer naloxone, and care for the individual until emergency services arrive. Individuals who complete the training program will receive…

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