Chronic Disease Prevention

The 2021 National Public Health Week (April 5 – 11) theme is Building Bridges to Better Health. Learn more about this year’s daily themes here


Making communities safe and healthy is public health’s top priority. COVID-19 has made that even more important. While we may be physically distant from each other, virtual platforms provide us an opportunity to stay connected, engaged and informed.


Register for an upcoming FREE webinar that promotes healthy movement, mindful meditation, healthy eating, and more.


University of Maryland Extension

  • SNAP: Cooking 5 Ways – 2nd Tuesdays of every month; January 12, 2021 to June 8, 2021 from 2:00pm –2:30pm

Join the Howard County's SNAP Ed's edcuator, Razan Sahuri, for a series of 30-minute lessons from the kitchen. Discover healthy ideas on what to do with a variety of ingredients: oats, canned tomotoes, canned chicken and fish, canned beans, rice and peanut butter. Register here

  • Healthy Cents: Food Shopping Strategies to Save You Money – Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

Curious to learn strategies to save money at the grocery store? Join the Howard County's SNAP Ed's edcuator, Razan Sahuri, for helpful tips. In partnership with University of Maryland Extension and Howard County Health Department. Register here.

  • Edible ABCs

A FREE interactive program that teaches pre-school age children the ABCs using healthy foods and physical activities. Visit the website for more information or watch an informational video

Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs

HCLHIC Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs Resource Directory [last updated 2021.03.26]

  • Living Well Tomando Control de su Salud (Toolkit): Every Saturday, April 24, 2021 to May 29, 2021 from 10:00 to 10:30am
  • Living Well with Chronic Disease: Every Tuesday, April 27, 2021 to June 1, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:30pm

Howard County General Hospital

  • Diabetes Support Group – 3rd Thursdays of every month, starting April 15, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30am and 6:00 – 7:30pm

Are you at risk for Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes? Maybe you have already been diagnosed.  Don’t wait another moment, register for the FREE Diabetes Support Group. This Diabetes Support Group provides social and emotional support of your experience with diabetes as well as educational resources. Register here.

  • Drive-Thru Health Risk Assessment and Screening Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Over 18 years old? Join the Howard County General Hospital for FREE curbside screenings and health assessments at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD 21045. Learn more and register here.


Giant Food presents these FREE live webinars, hosted by HCLS.

  • Fueling the Mind, Feeding the Brain – Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

We eat healthy for our heart, lose weight, or even prevent diabetes, so what about our brains? Learn about the nutrients (and foods) we should include keeping our minds in top form as we age. Register here.

  • Take a Virtual Store Tour – Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm 

Take a virtual store tour with Melanie, a nutritionist with Giant Food, to learn about the coolest new products on the shelf and easy ways to build a healthier basket. We'll hit each section of the store - show you what to look for and do some myth-busting along the way. Register here.

  • Aging Gracefully – Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm 

This class will help you identify gradual and straightforward lifestyle strategies that will help you meet your personal health goals and keep your brain healthy for aging gracefully.Register here.

  • View a list of other FREE live nutrition webinars hosted by Giant Food in April here.


Howard County Office on Aging and Independence Virtual Offerings Guide

Explore a variety of opportunities in April to keep you moving, learning, and socializing all from the cofmort of your home.

  • Bay-Wise Landscaping - Monday, April 5, 2021 at 3:00pm

Join Maryland Master Gardener and learn how to create a desirable and sustainable landscape at home while reducing the pollutants flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Click here to join. Meeting #157 115 7136; Password: hoCo50+

  • Healthy Living for Brain and Body - Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:00pm

Learn from the Alzheimer’s Association how to maintain a healthy brain through balanced lifestyle choices and how to put together the pieces of the puzzle that keep our brains and body health and active. Click here to join. Meeting #160 159 8722 Password: hoCo50+

  • MAP: Tax Credits - Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:00pm

What Tax Credit Programs Do You Qualify For? Learn more about the different tax credit programs to help with property taxes (Aging in Place and Senior Tax Credit), rental credit, and credits to make your home accessible. Click here to join. Meeting #160 996 6263 Password: hoCo50+

  • Microgreens Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:00pm

Join Maryland Master Gardener and discover how easy it is to grow nutrient dense micro-greens, the easiest microgreens to grow, seed resources, and equipment needed. Click here to join. Meeting #157 371 9238; Password: hoCo50+

 Find Programs Near You!

Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence 

Maryland Diabetes Action Plan