May is Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Maryland State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) states that in the last 20 years, the percentage of overweight children has doubled and hasTwo girls with soccer ball tripled for adolescents. Being overweight increases the risk of developing life-threatening, chronic diseases. 

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health!  The CDC says adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity and children need 60 minutes a day.

Physical activity can:

·       Improve muscle fitness, bone health and heart health.

·       Lower the risk type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.

·       Lower the risk of falls and improve brain function.

Move in May through every day activities no matter your age or shape:

·       Choose the stairs instead of the elevator

·       Walk around the neighborhood

·       Exercise to a fitness video

·       Hike a local nature trail or ride a bike path

·       Join a swimming pool

·       Sign up for a sports league

Get the Physical Fitness and Sports Month flier by clicking HERE.

Bureau of Health Promotion

The Bureau of Health Promotion's goals are to implement wellness initiatives that reduce health risk factors, improve wellness and safety, and maintain a productive and active Howard County community and work force.

They accomplish this by:

  • Providing health education in Howard County communities, schools, worksites, and health care settings
  • Providing health information to the Howard County community about Health Department services and resources
  • Improving Howard County tobacco retailers’ awareness and compliance with Maryland tobacco laws
  • Partnering with community agencies to deliver effective health promotion and illness prevention services in Howard County


HCHD Participation in Your Health Event

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Click HERE to complete a Health Outreach Request form!

Howard County Health Department (HCHD) is committed to helping educate the community we serve.  We proudly participate in a variety of local health fairs, educational series, and community events throughout the year.  

If you are interested in having the Howard County Health Department present at your next event, please complete this online Community Outreach Request form at least 30 days prior to the event date. Participation at your event is based on HCHD staff availability and alignment with HCHD mission and vision. 

Questions about our Community Outreach Event request process may be directed to 

Grant Hill, Former Phoenix Suns Basketball Player, Serves on President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition