Chronic Disease Prevention

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, affecting both men and women. Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer and finding it early. If you’re younger than 50 and think you may be at high risk of getting colorectal cancer, or if you’re older than 75, ask your doctor if you should be screened.

You can help reduce your risk of colorectal cancer and other chronic diseases by making healthy choices like eating right and staying active. 


Spring into action this month by registering for an upcoming FREE webinar that promotes healthy movement, mindful meditation, healthy eating, and more.


Howard County Office on Aging and Independence Virtual Offerings Guide

Explore a variety of opportunities in March to keep you moving, learning, and socializing all from the cofmort of your home.

  • Nutrition Education: The ABC’s of Vitamin D Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Why is vitamin D so important to our health? Our nutritionist will discuss the role of vitamin D in our bodies, how to get more into your diet, and what to do if you’re deficient. Presented by Carmen Roberts, R.D.

Click link to join: #180 878 3868; Password: Hoco50+

  • Fueling the Mind, Feeding the Brain! – Friday, March 12, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

We eat healthy for our heart, lose weight, or even prevent diabetes, so what about our brains? Learn about the nutrients (and foods) we should include keeping our minds in top form as we age. Presented by Melanie Berdyck, Nutritionist, Giant Food

Click link to join: # 180 480 4760; Password: Hoco50+

  • Ask the Nutrition Experts: Go Green with Your Diet – Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 12pm – 1:00pm

Registered Dietitian Carmen Roberts and Nutrition Specialist Ann-Margaret Moise will discuss simple and tasty ways to incorporate plant-based meals into your diet. They will offer nutritional guidance as well as tasty recipes that will inspire you to Go Green. Presented by Carmen Roberts, R.D. and Nutrition Specialist Ann-Margaret Moise

Click link to join: #180 549 1588; Password: Hoco50+


Giant Food presents these FREE live webinars, hosted by HCLS.

  • Meal Planning for Health and Budget/Family Meal Times – Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

If you think eating healthy is too expensive, then this webinar is for you! Learn how to stretch your dollars to provide nutritious and delicious meals on a budget. We'll share tips for meal planning, including how to make it an enjoyable (and fun!) part of your weekly routine. Register here.

  • Feeding Your Toddler to Tween – Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 10:00am –11:00am

Knowing what and how much to feed your kids can sometimes be challenging. Join us to learn some tips and tricks to make mealtimes fun and just a little bit easier.  We'll even cover ways to get kids more involved in the kitchen and interested in trying something new! Register here.

  • Take a Virtual Store Tour – Monday, March 22, 2021 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm 

Take a virtual store tour with Emily, a nutritionist with Giant Food, to learn about the coolest new products on the shelf and easy ways to build a healthier basket. We'll hit each section of the store - show you what to look for and do some myth-busting along the way. Register here.

  • View a list of other FREE live nutrition webinars hosted by Giant Food in March here.


University of Maryland Extension

  • Healthy Cents: What is Healthy Food & How Can I Afford It? – Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Curious to learn what foods are considered “healthy”? Join us for a free webinar titled “What Is Healthy Food? & How Can I Afford It?” with Howard County's SNAP Ed's nutrition educator, Razan Sahuri. In partnership with University of Maryland Extension and Howard County Health Department. Register here.

  •  SNAP: Cooking 5 Ways – 2nd Tuesdays of every month; January 12, 2021 to June 8, 2021 from 2:00pm –2:30pm

Join us for a series of 30-minute lessons from the kitchen for healthy ideas on what to do with a variety of ingredients: oats, canned tomotoes, canned chicken and fish, canned beans, rice and peanut butter. Register here

  • Edible ABCs

A FREE interactive program that teaches pre-school age children the ABCs using healthy foods and physical activities. Visit the website for more information or watch an informational video


Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs

HCLHIC Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs Resource Directory last updated 2021.03.01

  • Living Well (Toolkit)

Every Tuesday, March 2, 2021 to April 6, 2021 from 6:00 to 6:30pm

Every Wednesday, March 10, 2021 to April 14, 2021 from 10:00 to 10:30am

  • Living Well with Diabetes (Toolkit)

Every Tuesday, March 16, 2021 to April 20, 2021 from 10:00 to 10:30am

  • Living Well Tomando Control de su Salud (Toolkit)

Every Saturday, April 24, 2021 to May 29, 2021 from 10:00 to 10:30am


Find Programs Near You!

Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence 

Maryland Diabetes Action Plan