Worcester Health awarded new funding to promote physical activity across the county

(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.  The goal is to prevent chronic disease and injury, improve health, and enhance the quantity and quality of life for county residents. WCHD will achieve this by addressing physical activity, specifically by putting forward a community-wide walking action plan. Worcester Health will partner with community stakeholders to:   • Promote culture of physical activity and walking through awareness campaigns.  • Train community partners and stakeholders to conduct walk audits and become walk leaders. • Promote knowledge of local walking trails (including signage).  • Promote community Fun Walks to increase physical activity amongst residents.   “Worcester County Health Department is very grateful for this funding opportunity and is looking forward to beginning project implementation,” said Crystal Bell, Chronic Disease supervisor at the WCHD. “Walking is an excellent way to help people become more active and improve their health. It is an easy way to begin and maintain a physically active lifestyle, and it is the most common form of physical activity for people across the country.”  For more information about ways to stay active and upcoming Fun Walks, visit JustWalkWorcester.org or call 410-632-0056.  About Healthy People 2020 Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:  • Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors. • Empower individuals toward making informed health decisions. • Measure the impact of prevention activities.  Learn more about Healthy People 2020 by visiting HealthyPeople.gov