Chronic Disease Prevention

July is heating up! The warm weather will bring us out into the sun for family gatherings, farmer's markets, trips to the beach, pool parties, and bicycle rides and hiking on the many trails in Howard County.  Each of these activities requires some type of preparation to help you stay safe throughout the day. Check out these CDC tips to help prevent chronic disease and have a healthy summer. 

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


Giant Food webinars presented by Melanie, a Registered Dietitian and hosted by HCLS

  • Six Steps to Prevent Chronic Disease - Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 11:00am-12:00pm

Whether you’re concerned about heart health, blood sugar, or just interested in maximizing your health, this class will help you identify gradual and straightforward lifestyle strategies that will help you meet your personal health goals. Register here.

  • Trends in Plant-Based Eating - Friday, July 23, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

No matter your nutrition goals, adding plant-based foods to your diet is a great way to improve your long-term health. But what does it mean to be plant-based? Join us to learn simple swaps and tips to help you create a more plant-based diet that will be beneficial to you and the environment! Register here.


  • Shopping for a Spa Day: DIY at Home - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm 

Take a break to pamper yourself right from your pantry and fridge. Learn recipes for DIY facials, scrubs, and conditioners while exploring everyday foods' health benefits, from the inside out. Have fun with this session to help your skin and hair feel fresh, hydrated, and moisturizedRegister here.

  • View a list of other FREE live nutrition webinars hosted by Giant Food under the "Wellness" section on their website here.

University of Maryland Extension (UME)

  • SNAP: Cooking 5 Ways – Canned Fruit - Tuesday, July 13, 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 canned fruit. 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

Check out the evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management programs offered in July, including Living Well with Chronic Disease, Diabetes Support Group, and Cancer Self-Management.

Howard County Office on Aging and Independence Virtual Offerings Guide

Explore a variety of opportunities in July to keep you moving, learning, and socializing at home or in person.

Find Programs Near You!

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)