Community Wellness, Nutrition and Activities


 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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The Maryland Department of Aging, local Area Agencies on Aging, and the Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence supports health promotion throughout the state through funding and monitoring of a variety of health services including screenings, physical activity, education, medication management, and other services. A key emphasis is placed on evidence-based programs, which have been documented, through robust research, to produce improved health outcomes including:

  • Increased function
  • Reduced falls
  • Better control of chronic disease symptoms​ 
Popular programs offered in Maryland include:
  • The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management suite of programs
  • Stepping On and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance falls prevention programs
  • Enhance Fitness Exercise Program

Learn more about evidence-based Health Promotion programming offered in your community by visiting the Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence’s website, or contact your Area Agency on Aging or Maryland Access Point office.​

Looking to Improve or Maintain Your Health?​

​Health promotion programming is offered through Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and associated senior centers throughout Maryland. There are several ways to find a class. You can contact your local AAA​, Maryland Access Point (MAP), or Com​munity Senior ​Center​​s to learn more and access services to improve or maintain your health and manage chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis.​ 

Activities include:​

  • Physical Activities, such as ​Yoga and Tai Chi 
  • Falls Prevention Awareness and Activities
  • Diabetes and High Blood Pressure Screening​
  • Nutrition Programming​​​​

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Information for Professionals

​The Maryland Department of Aging works with the Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence, Area Agencies on Aging​ and other state departments and community-based organizations to support health promotion programming and provide technical assistance by:

  • Connecting local organizations providing health promotion services throughout Maryland​
  • Interpreting and answering questions about Older Americans Act Title III-D: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Services
  • Assisting staff in learning more about available evidence-based programs and effective and appropriate spending of Older Americans Act Title III-D funds
  • Health promotion monitoring and data collection through the semi-annual and annual reporting
  • Assisting with the development of marketing, outreach, and sustainability measures for health promotion and evidence-based prevention programs
  • Providing assistance with planning health promotion activities via the area plan
  • Supporting local organizations applying for grant funding for health promotion programs; and
  • Providing funding opportunities for county governments and Area Agencies on Aging to support health promotion programming through Older Americans Act Title III-D funds and the Senior Citizens Activities Center Operating Fund​
Training for evidence-based health promotion programs is offered throughout the state through the ​Maryland Living Well​ Center for Excellence, located out of MAC, IncLearn more about the development of the center here and connect to Mac, Inc. here. To find a class, click here or the image below:​

Contact Person: Andrew Baker, Food and Wellness Coordinator, 410-767-1269, andrew.baker@maryland.gov​

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