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Howard County to hold Wellness Matters U

May 8, 2017

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Kim Henry, Department of Community Resources and Services, 410-313-6531

Featuring free Hepatitis C testing for the first 50 participants

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Join Howard County’s Department of Community Resources and Services for its “Wellness Matters U: Making the Grade with Healthy Aging” event this Friday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center, 9411 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. FREE Hepatitis C testing will be provided to the first 50 participants.

Geared toward county residents age 50 and older, Wellness Matters U focuses on establishing best practices for evidence-based wellness and engagement. This FREE event will feature wellness educational exhibits and seminars, health screenings and fitness center equipment demonstrations. The following health screenings will be offered:

  • Howard County General Hospital will be conducting Body Mass Index health screenings;
  • Advanced Hearing Group will be conducting Hearing screenings;
  • Mobile Health Care Plus LLC will be conducting Hepatitis C screenings, available to the first 50 participants;
  • Revive Physical Therapy will be conducting Posture screenings; and
  • Maryland Society for Sight will be conducting Visual Acuity and Glaucoma screenings.

“Wellness Matters U” will also include two informative seminars: Future Planning 101, sponsored by the Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition and presented by Emily Leclercq, LCSW-C and Jill Kamenetz, LCSW-C of the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence; and Nutrition 101, sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension and presented by Karen Basinger MS, CFCS, LDN.

The event is funded in part by a Maryland Department of Aging Senior Center Operating Grant. The grant supports the 50+ Fitness Center’s efforts to serve a growing and diverse older adult population, market its programs more broadly and grow its class and schedule offering, all while boosting participation. To learn more about the 50+ Fitness wellness program and membership, visit

For more information about Wellness Matters U or to purchase a box lunch, call the Ellicott City 50+ Center at 410-313-1400 (voice/relay) by Tuesday, May 9.