Chronic Disease Prevention

Make like May flowers, and blossom in health this month by learning ways in which you can be a healthier you! Just like that new garden you may be starting, sowing small seeds of wellness can lead to a harvest of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. May is an exciting month marked by change, and many health themes including Mental Health Awareness month, World No Tobacco Day, and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month. So, follow us and learn the many ways you can spring into action for health!


Register for an upcoming FREE webinar that promotes healthy movement, mindful meditation, healthy eating, and more.


Howard County Health Department

  • Tobacco Awareness Program for Teens - Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 1:30pm –3:00pm

Vaping among teens has rapidly increase and grown in popularity in the last few years, but how much do you know about vaping? Learn why public health experts declared vaping a youth epidemic by enrolling in our FREE, virtual class. Register here

University of Maryland Extension

  • SNAP: Cooking 5 Ways – Rice - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 2:00pm –2:30pm

Join the Howard County's SNAP Ed's edcuator, Razan Sahuri, for a 30-minute lesson from the kitchen, for healthy and delicious ideas on what to do with cooked rice. Register here

  • Healthy Cents: Container Gardening – Monday, May 17, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Do you love fresh fruits and vegetables but, don't have the space or time to take care of a large garden? Sounds like you need a container garden!  Razan, a nutrition educator with the University of Maryland Extension will help you get started.  Razan will discuss the materials needed as well as how much space and sunlight is required for the perfect container garden. 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 2021.05.03]

  • Living Well Tomando Control de su Salud: Every Saturday, May 1, 2021 to June 5, 2021 from 11:00 to 11:30am
  • Living Well with Chronic Disease: Every Saturday, May 22, 2021 to June 26, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:30pm

Howard County General Hospital

  • Diabetes Support Group – 3rd Thursdays of every month, from 10:00 – 11:30am and 6:00 – 7:30pm

Are you at risk for Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes? Maybe you have already been diagnosed.  Don’t wait another moment, register for the FREE Diabetes Support Group. This Diabetes Support Group provides social and emotional support of your experience with diabetes as well as educational resources. Register here.

  • Drive-Thru Health Risk Assessment and Screening Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Over 18 years old? Join the Howard County General Hospital for FREE curbside screenings and health assessments at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD 21045. Learn more and register here.

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

  • Should it Stay or Go? Avoid Food Waste by Extending the Life of Your Foods Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Have you ever wondered about expiration dates or why your fresh produce doesn’t last as long as you’d like? Join Melanie, a nutritionist from Giant Food for a FREE webinar as she answers these questions and provides tips on how to help your produce last longer. Register here.

  • Drink Your Produce: Smoothies and Juicing - Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Learn how to build a better smoothie! This FREE webinar by Giant Food will discuss protein to produce and everything in between. Melanie will show you easy ways to get your five a day. Register here.


  • Get More Plants on Your Plate – Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm 

If eating a half-plate of produce is your goal, but the solution feels like a struggle, this FREE webinar is for you! Melanie, a nutritionist from Giant Food will show you easy ways to add more fruits and veggies to your day in the most delicious way. Register here.

  • Take a Virtual Store Tour – Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm 

Take a virtual store tour with Melanie, 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 under the "Wellness" section on their website here.

Howard County Office on Aging and Independence Virtual Offerings Guide

Every year in May, Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation.  Let us celebrate the resilience of older adults and the many opportunities for connection and engagement offered this month and throughout the year.

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

  • Aging Gracefully - Monday, May 24, 2021 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join Melanie Berdyck, Nutritionist from Giant Foods, for a fun and informative nutrition class! The Aging Gracefully class will help you identify gradual and straightforward lifestyle strategies that will help you meet your personal health goals and keep your brain healthy for aging gracefully. Click here to join. Meeting #160 724 2495; Password: hoCo50+ 

  • Mental Health and Aging - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm

May is both National Older Americans Month and National Mental Health Awareness Month.  Join Sydney Palinkas from the ElderSAFE Center for an interactive conversation on managing mental health as we age. She will debunk some common myths about aging and mental health. Learn about available resources and tips for self-care! Click here to join. Meeting #160 186 7459; Password: hoCo50+ 

  • Fitness Class Pass

Movement is important for physical, mental, and cognitive health. Join the Fitness Class Pass to enjoy these benefits yourself.To register for the $50 monthly fitness pass, that includes 26 weekly classes, call 410.313.1400 or 410.313.5440 (voice/relay) Monday - Friday between 10 am - 2 pm. 

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Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence 

Maryland Diabetes Action Plan

Vaping among teens has rapidly increased and grown in popularity in the last few years, but how much do you know about vaping? Learn why public health experts have declared vaping a youth epidemic by enrolling[LV1] in our FREE, virtual Tobacco Awareness Program for Teens (TAPFT)