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By Donna Bilz, Baltimore County Department of Aging

The benefits of exercise go beyond just physical wellbeing. Exercise helps support emotional and mental health, according to the National Institute on Aging. So next time you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed,  get up and start moving!

Physical activity can help:

  • Reduce feelings of depression and stress, while improving your mood and overall emotional well-being.
  • Increase your energy level.
  • Improve sleep.
  • Empower you to feel more in control.

Exercise and physical activity could also improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.

Exercise ideas to help you lift your mood

  • Dancing, walking, bicycling, or dancing. Endurance activities increase your breathing, get your heart pumping, and also boost chemicals in your body that may improve mood.
  • Yoga. A mind and body practice that typically combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation.
  • Tai Chi. A “moving meditation” that involves shifting the body slowly, gently and precisely, while breathing deeply.
  • Activities you enjoy. Whether it’s gardening, dancing, playing tennis, or kicking around a soccer ball with your grandchildren, choose an activity you want to do, not have to do.

70s Dance Party at Oregon Ridge May 22

Feel great -- get up and dance! The Baltimore County Department of Aging is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, so we’re throwing it back to the 70s.

Come celebrate with BCDA at the Concert in the Park at the Oregon Ridge Park Concert Pavilion on May 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Come dressed in your best 70’s gear. Bring a plain white t-shirt to take part in our free tie-dye station. Rock out to the headlining band the Grand Jury, back by popular demand with a tribute to the 70s. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with door prizes, trivia, raffles, classic cars from the 70s, and more.

Bring picnic food, lawn chairs, blankets, and your beverages of choice. Cruiser’s Pit Beef food truck will be on-site vending fresh pit beef, pit ham, burgers and beverages.

Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are available at all Baltimore County Department of Aging Senior Centers for $4.00 prior to the event, $5.00 at the gate. Call your local senior center or Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County for details.

We can’t wait to see you there!

May is Older Americans’ Month. The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) offers everyone a chance to “Engage At Every Age,” this month and every month.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


By Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP
Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Health Officer and Director, Department of Health

Are you someone who likes to start the New Year on a promising note? Have you fallen into the trap of making goals or resolutions that you cannot meet? Well, Baltimore County has a number of tools that may be just the thing for you!

If you live, work, or play in Baltimore County, use the following tips to become a STAR and shoot towards a healthier you. If some of the tips don't apply to you, don't sweat it. Instead, share them with someone you know who could benefit from them.

 

Stop Smoking

If you are thinking about quitting or want to quit, Baltimore County has a number of different programs at various times and locations that may work for you. And, even better our smoking cessation classes are free.

Take the Test

What you don’t know could hurt you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 13 to 64 know their status. You can get free, anonymous testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases at a Department of Health clinic. Sharing this information is great, spreading an infection is not.

Adopt a Pet

Owning a pet can help reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, it’s a great antidote for loneliness that can also increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.

There are numerous pets in Baltimore County that are in need of someone who will love and care for them. Consider opening your heart and home to an adoptable pet.

Remember to Schedule Routine Appointments

Women can take care of their cervical and breast health by scheduling an annual mammogram and routine Pap test. These screenings may be available free of charge to income eligible women. Men, take care of the women you love, by reminding them to schedule these live-saving tests. Remember to schedule prostate exams and colonoscopies as well.

For more information about these tips, contact the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services by calling 410-887-BCHD (2243).


Free Event Promotes Fitness, Offers Guided Nature Tours

The Baltimore County Health Coalition, Department of Recreation and Parks and the Fitness Council are sponsoring the 2017 Walk in the Park event Sunday, October 1, at 11 a.m.

Start the beginning of Autumn by enjoying the great outdoors and observing nature's fall splendor! Enjoy a guided tour and easy hike from a naturalist or park ranger at the following locations:

  • Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum and ParkThe Walk in the Park event flyer.
    300 Oella Avenue
    Catonsville, Maryland 21228
    Phone: 410-887-1081
     
  • Cromwell Valley Park Willow Grove Nature Center
    2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
    Parkville, Maryland 21234
    Phone: 410-887-2503 or 410-887-3014
     
  • Fort Howard Park (Historical Tour)
    9500 North Point Road
    Fort Howard, Maryland 21052
    Phone: 410-887-7529
     
  • Lake Roland
    1000 Lakeside Drive
    Baltimore, Maryland 21209
    Phone: 410-887-4156
     
  • Marshy Point Nature Center
    7130 Marshy Point Road
    Middle River, Maryland 21220
    Phone: 410-887-2817
     
  • Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Park (Tours in English and Spanish)
    13555 Beaver Dam Road
    Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
    Phone: 410-887-1815

The Walk in the Park event will be held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring water. Learn more about Baltimore County walking trails.

Should you require special accommodations (language interpreter, large print, etc.) please give us as much notice as possible by calling the Therapeutic Office at 410-887-5370, TTD: 410-887-5319.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017