University of Maryland Extension

Health & Wellness

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a challenge in our busy world. The University of Maryland Extension offers community outreach programs that help youth, individuals, and families make informed decisions about their health, housing and overall well-being.

Extension Educators offer programs and resources in the following areas:

Fostering Healthy Environments

The goals of UM Extension’s Healthy Homes programs are to improve personal and family health through awareness of indoor health hazards and strategies to improve indoor air and drinking water quality and safety measures.

A variety of classes, workshops, and trainings reach specific audiences including youth and the general public, health professionals and caseworkers, and day care providers. Participants learn how to make homes, schools and work places safer and healthier by minimizing problems related to:

Indoor air quality and asthma triggers
Drinking water quality and maintaining private well systems
Lead, radon & carbon Monoxide poisons
Exposure to mold, dust & dust mites
Household chemicals & pesticides
Safety hazards

Growing Healthy Kids (Youth Safety):

The 4-H Youth Development ‘s preventative health and safety programs provide youth with a better understanding on how their choices can help themselves and their families. Youth and the adults that work with them learn safe practices in the home, farm and outdoors and how to make informed health and life choices. 4-H educators also disseminate information at health fairs, home and garden shows, Safe Kids Days, County fairs, back to school nights, community programs and University of Maryland sponsored events such as Maryland Day and Ag Day.

For more information on the Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program click here. For information on the Cecil County 4-H program click here.

Insuring Your Health

Programs and resources that increase the capacity of Marylanders to get health information, and understand and use it with confidence to lower the risk of poor health. In response to the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, UME is spearheading a health insurance initiative to educate consumers to make informed decisions about health insurance. For more information click here.

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