Health & Wellness
The Advancing Health and Wellness Leadership Team leads initiatives to inspire and empower Carroll County residents to adopt healthier behaviors and reduce the burden of chronic diseases in our community.
The Advancing Health and Wellness Leadership Team meets regularly to address these priority issues and to lead activities designed to promote healthy lifestyles. Community participation is welcomed. Meeting times and locations may vary.
The Partnership welcomes all interested community members in taking part in team meetings, community activities and other projects. We are always looking for creative ideas and ways to strengthen existing and develop new collaboration.
For additional information contact The Partnership staff:
9.7% of Carroll County adults have been diagnosed with diabetes (2016, MD BRFSS) and 28.5% of Carroll County. Medicare beneficiaries were treated for diabetes in 2015, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in our community. Carroll County is reporting 176.4 deaths per 100,000 population due to heart disease (Maryland Vital Statistics (MVA), 2016) and 46.3 deaths per 100,000 population due to cerebrovascular disease and stroke (MVA, 2016). The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the stroke deaths to 33.8 deaths per 100,000. Additionally, 32.8% of Carroll County adults have high cholesterol and 9.9% of Medicare beneficiaries in Carroll County have atrial fibrillation (2015, MD BRFSS; 2014, CMS).
Cancer continues to be a leading cause of death in our community. The incidence of breast cancer and melanoma are greater in Carroll County than the Maryland State averages; early detection screening compliance rates for breast and colon are below the American Cancer Society recommended targets. A total of 71.3% of adults aged 50 and older have ever had a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy exam, and 78.1% of women aged 50 and older have had a mammogram in the past two years (2014, MD BRFSS).
According to the CDC, to reverse the obesity epidemic, community efforts should focus on supporting healthy eating and active living in a variety of settings. There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t short-term dietary changes; it’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.