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.

University of Maryland Extension offers programs and resources in the following areas:

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 on this topic click here.

Fostering Healthy Environments (Healthy Homes):
As a result of studies that link building materials and designs to specific health issues, Congress established the Healthy Homes Initiative in 1999. Supporting this work, 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.

Current Initiatives
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:

For more information regarding these programs, click here.

Growing Healthy Kids (Youth Safety):

The 4H 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 4H Youth Development Program click here. For information on local 4H programs that focus on health and wellness, click here.

Lisa McCoy, Extension Educator for University of Maryland Extension – Washington County office is available to answer questions on health & wellness, and healthy homes. To speak with the Family and Consumer Science Educator, please call 301-791-1504 or e-mail your questions to



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