On Tuesday, Gov. Martin O’Malley officially proclaimed May 29 through June 3, 2012 as the first “Healthy Maryland Week.”
Healthy Maryland Week encourages Marylanders to lead a healthier life by promoting wellness through physical fitness, healthy food choices, and preventative care. The administration has partnered with the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland to hold events throughout the week to highlight the importance of health and wellness.
“Today, we’re here to kick off a week’s worth of events to get the word out about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and the resources and opportunities available in every community to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Gov. O’Malley at a press conference at Truxtun Park in Annapolis on Tuesday. “Together, we’re setting some big goals in Maryland to create a better, healthier future for our children. There are some challenges so large that we can only hope to tackle them together. Creating jobs and expanding opportunity is one, and everything we do to improve the health of our people and save lives is another.”
On May 31, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will highlight the administration’s efforts to address health disparities at an event that offers free screenings for diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol in Prince George’s County. The Lt. Gov. leads the administration’s efforts to reduce costs, expand access, and improve the quality of health care for all Marylanders. Under the leadership of Gov. O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to more than 300,000 Marylanders (half of them children).
“Every Marylander, of every race, ethnicity, and nationality, in every part of our state, deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life,” said Lt. Gov. Brown. “Our partnerships with the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland, local health departments and other organizations are critical for improving the health of our communities. During Healthy Maryland Week, we will join together across the state to help educate Marylanders about the benefits of healthy living and highlight the innovative programs available to encourage wellness and prevention.”
For more information on Healthy Maryland Week, click here.