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​Want to help make your 2015 health resolutions stick? Start one in December
The new year tends to bring with it a familiar pack of resolutions. [To get the ball rolling, I'm hyperlinking to resources to help facilitate the corresponding goal.]  more.... 

This time of year can bring challenges to mental wellness
For some, it starts with Daylight Saving Time’s adjustment that steals away an hour of afternoon sunlight. For others, it can be the arrival of winter holidays or the prospect of facing a new year without loved ones who no longer are around. more....

Today’s trick: Teaching kids the treat in caring for their teeth 
It’s October 31. Halloween. A holiday synonymous with splurging on candy. Nobody knows this better, it seems, than children, who have seen Halloween-timed retail displays of candy in everything from grocery stores to big-box retailers. more....

Time rewards those who quit smoking and who kick habit for good
If someone emailed you about an opportunity to cut in half the odds that you’d come down with a debilitating, quality-of-life-diminishing disease, would you do it?  Think about it – the risk for lung cancer cut in half. more....
One catchphrase is the slogan from a beer company’s commercials. Another phrase is shorthand for marijuana-sharing protocol among a circle of users. The third is the hook from a popular rap song by Snoop Dogg that makes reference to marijuana and liquor. These examples show how ingrained references to alcohol and drug use can become in our culture. They represent lighthearted references to substances to which many Marylanders are tragically addicted. more...
09/10/2014 9:30 AM
 ​Last week, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released its 2013 State Obesity Map detailing the percentages of respective states’ populations who are obese, those who have a body mass index of 30 or higher. Read more...
Easy steps can help you minimize the chances of getting West Nile Virus 
09/02/2014 1:20 PM
With Maryland confirming the first case of West Nile virus (WNV) of the season, now seems a good time to remind the public of some easy steps to take to minimize your chance of contracting the virus. WNV is a mosquito-borne disease that affects the nervous system. It is one of a group of arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses) belonging to the Flavivirus genus. 
8/22/2014 1:16PM
 You’ve packed your child’s lunch with fruit and other healthful snacks. When he gets in the car, you make sure he’s secure in his child seat or seatbelt. And you’ve taught him to wash his hands before every meal. You’re doing all you can to protect him and teach him to lead a healthy life. Read more...

HealthyMD is the official blog of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Here you will find information about the latest public health news in Maryland, health tips and information and other goings on at DHMH.
Content will include everything from nutrition and fitness news and tips, to information about seasonal health issues and other public health topics. If you have ideas for posts that you don't see here, email Christopher Garrett at
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