Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

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Diabetes Prevention

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Diabetes Prevention Program 

A new session of the National Diabetes Prevention Program starts January 30, 2020. The free program for men and women includes 16 weekly sessions followed by 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. Click here for details and call 443.523.1700.

Helpful Links & Information About Diabetes Prevention

Join the Billion Steps Challenge

It’s that time again.  The American Public Health Association and  the Somerset County Health Department have teamed up for the nationwide Billion Step Challenge. Join the Walk Somerset team and log your steps and activity from now until April 12, 2020. Go to and sign up for the Walk Somerset Maryland team.  You will get regular messages and motivational tips plus info on area activities to help you get more steps. Call 443.523.1700 for additional details and post this flyer at your work site or share with your network.   

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. The program starts February 4 and continue for 12-weeks. Sessions are offered in both Somerset and Wicomico counties. For all the details call 443.523.1700 to register for the Somerset County Program. For Wicomico county sessions, call 410.334.3480. 

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Physical Activity in Somerset County

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’. 

# 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

Healthy Somerset Garden Project

pic of vegetables, a tote bag and recipe sheet; all components of our Healthy Somerset Garden projectThe 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 50,000 pounds of fresh produce have been given to families in need throughout the county.  Stay tuned this spring for the 2020 season. 

Featured Food

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Obesity Prevention 

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 443-523-1700

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