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Given a string of sweets-laden months, February – as National Children’s Dental Health Month – arrives just in time. more ... 
By now, you likely have heard about the measles cases that appear to have their roots in exposures to the virus at California’s Disneyland Park. m​ore....

Headed toward January's end, how are your '15 resolutions going?​​
By now, the inertia of life has set in for many who'd vowed to be more physically active in 2015. Lets's salvage the first month of the year for developing fitness habits. m​ore....
Winter is here and with it come many dangers related to extreme cold and snow. We offer the following tips and links to help you prepare.m​ore....
​State takes first step toward adopting common tool to aid the seriously mentally ill
Last week, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene heard from three Maryland parents whose adult children grapple with severe mental illness.   more.... 

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....
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...
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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