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 for youth, individuals, and families to make informed decisions about their health, housing and overall well-being. Programs and resources are available in the following areas:

Fostering Healthy Home Environments

Maintaining healthy homes and communities reduces the risk of childhood lead poisoning, asthma, fire and electrical injuries, exposure to indoor toxicants, and other illnesses and injuries can impact public health and safety. 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, caseworkers, and day care providers. Participants learn how to make homes, schools and work places safer and healthier by minimizing problems related to:         

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.

Chronic Disease Management and Prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately one-half of all adults in the U.S. have one or more chronic health conditions (CDC, 2012). Seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. attributed to chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 Diabetes and obesity (CDC, 2016). The good news is many of these conditions are preventable. Adopting a lifestyle that includes physical activity and healthy dietary and other lifestyle behaviors could prevent and manage these conditions. A variety of programs address preventing and improving self-management of the following chronic health conditions: 


  • Diabetes                                                   
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease/High Cholesterol
  • Stress Management
  • Achieving a Healthy Weight
  • Nutrition/Healthy Eating


Monthly Wellness Themes

For more information on this month's wellness theme, 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.


For more information about any of these healthy living programs listed above, contact:

Beverly Jackey MS, RDN

Family and Consumer Science Educator


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