Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
For program info call 443-523-1760
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.
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 www.somersettrailmix.com 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 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’!
Billion Steps Challenge
Join our walking challenge and help us take 1 billion steps! We know that 1 billion sounds like a lot. But if we all come together and do our small part, we can easily reach 1 billion steps and beyond.
Regular physical activity like walking can greatly reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. Walking can be relaxing, spiritual, or when we do it together, just plain fun.
That’s why we are joining the APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge. The challenge officially kicked off on January 1st and runs through April 8th. It’s not too late to join our team #WalkSomersetMD. To join, visit the MoveSpring website or download the MoveSpring app (available at Google Play or in the App Store). If asked, enter ‘APHA2019’ as the organization code for APHA’s Billion Steps Challenge. Search for the group #WalkSomersetMD and join. Then sync to your existing device to track your steps. You can also manually enter your steps from your computer. And you can join the Challenge on your own if you want. The goal is to get moving.
For more information visit http://www.nphw.org/get-
Healthy Somerset Garden Project
The 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.