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Preventing Diabetes in Worcester County

The Worcester County Health Department was awarded a grant from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield to launch a robust diabetes prevention program for our community.  The Health Department is bringing organizations from around the County to offer programs relating to nutrition and wellness, cooking demonstrations, and walking groups.  Programs will be offered at the branch libraries and other partner locations.

"Eat Healthy, Eat Local, and Live Well"  Resource Guide - This guide will help readers locate and access fresh, nutritious, high-quality foods in Worcester County.

Diabetes Prevention - Worcester County Health Department

Diabetes Education - Worcester County Health Department

Diabetes Risk Test - American Diabetes Association

Just Walk Worcester - Just Walk Worcester is a program offered by the Worcester County (MD) Health Department to encourage residents and visitors to explore the tremendous opportunities to walk, stroll and hike across the county. It is one of a number of Prevention Programs that promote healthy practices to support a happy and healthy lifestyle.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pocomoke Seed Library - Now available - click HERE for more information.

What's Cooking in Worcester? - New Episodes Monthly

Worcester County Health Department Nutritionist Kelly Williams presents a new dish usually the first Friday of each Month.  Youtube channel can be accessed HERE.

Lifestyle Balance Diabetes Prevention Classes - April 14, 2022 - April 20, 2023 (pre-registration required)

The Program is designed to help YOU: Prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases; eat healthier, move more, and lose weight; reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke - and so much more at no cost to you! Participants must have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or a history of gestational diabetes. For more information or to register, call 410-632-1100 Ext. 1108. Pre-Registration is required. Sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department. 

In person: Snow Hill Library (307 N Washington St. Snow Hill, MD 21863) - Thursdays from 5 - 6 pm; April 14, 2022-April 20, 2023

Online: Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:30 pm, April 14, 2022-April 20, 2023

Fall Salad Garden
Thursday, September 8 @ 2 pm * Pocomoke Library
Fall isn’t just for planting shrubs and yard clean up. Learn about your Fall vegetable choices, and take home some seeds to help you get started on your salad garden. Register online or by calling branch.

Back to School Herbal Wellness
This class is about supporting our families as we return to school. We will cover herbs commonly used for cold and flu as well as herbs to help settle nerves. Attendees get a do-it-yourself Elderberry Syrup kit and instructions. Register online or by calling branch.

  • Tuesday, September 13 @ 5:30 pm * Ocean City Library
  • Thursday, September 15 @ 5:30 pm * Pocomoke Library

Salad in a Jar
Wednesday, September 21 @ 3:30 pm * Berlin Library
Learn to layer salad ingredients in a jar to make a salad that will keep in your refrigerator for days. All ingredients and materials provided

Cooking Demonstration

  • Wednesday, October 5 @ 4 pm * Pocomoke Library
  • Wednesday, October 19 @ 4 pm * Snow Hill Library

Come view and sample healthy meals featuring in-season ingredients. The Worcester County Health Dept. will also provide free health screenings, including weight/body composition, blood pressure, Pre-Diabetes Risk Test, and general health education.

Let’s Cook!
Tuesday, October 11 @ 2 pm * Ocean City Library
Chef Oppmann will demonstrate autumn dishes with seasonal produce. Fall into some new ideas and taste delicious samples. Register online or by calling branch.

Yoga for All
Thursday, October 13, 20, 27 @ 5:30 pm * Pocomoke Library
Erica Dennis uses props as power tools and posture variations suited to individual needs. Let’s move and love the skin we’re in!  Register online or by calling branch.

Herbal First Aid
Monday, October 17 @ 5:30 pm * Snow Hill Library
Learn about common herbs and ‘weeds’ that can help soothe and heal everyday wounds, bruises, and scrapes. We will discuss the history of First aid herbs such as Yarrow and Calendula. Attendees receive a topical healing salve.

Friends of the Ocean Pines Library: Membership Meeting & Farm-To-Library Event
Thursday, October 20 @ 10 am * Ocean Pines Library
FOPL members will discuss agenda items to support the Ocean Pines Branch. Come for refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m., prior to the open membership meeting at 10 a.m., then meet your local farmers at an exciting Farm-To-Library event at 11 a.m. Learn how they got started farming, what products they sell, and the challenges and benefits of operating their own farm.