Improving People's Health
Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.
United Way's Goal
Since 2008, we’ve been working to achieve our bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018.
To improve the health of people living in Calvert County, we must work together and become more aware of the factors that impact health throughout our lifespan. To this end, we know obesity is a root cause of many of our community's major health problems- diabetes and heart disease.
We are mobilizing residents and resources to help those most at risk by implementing a countywide health initiative and promoting the distribution of prescription discount cards. Our strategies align with the goal of United Way’s across the nation– focused on creating opportunities for healthier lifestyles for people of all ages.
How You Can Help
Join the Calvert CAN: Eat Right, Move More movement! Get involved on a grass roots level by joining the Healthy Lifestyles Impact Council. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 286-0103.
Healthy Lifestyles Impact Grant Partners
Fitness & Nutrition Programs
Calvert Memorial Hospital - Calvert Can: Eat Right, Move More
Calvert Can is a countywide health initiative led by Calvert Memorial Hospital in partnership with local agencies, providing free and low-cost fitness and nutrition programs to populations most at risk, for an estimated 500 people.
- Keep Well Center, CMH ~ Promoting the Calvert Can campaign, providing resources like Vitabot online meal planning, biometric testing, dietitians, Walk off Weight (WOW) trails, health risk assessments and Presidential Fitness Awards.
The Arc of Southern Maryland ~ offering wellness program, yoga and health risk assessments for staff and clients.
Southern Maryland Community Network ~ offering wellness program and health risk assessments for staff, and as an option for clients.
Calvert County Office on Aging ~ providing nutritional support to seniors at three community center locations.
Calvert County Parks & Recreation~ offering adaptive fitness programs for individuals with disabilities; using facilities as WOW and biometric
testing sites and Vitabot education centers.
Special Olympics ~ offering adaptive fitness programs for individuals with disabilities.
Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry - Nutrition Program
Providing nutrition classes and healthy food customized to meet dietary needs of 500 pantry clients.
Calvert Healthcare Solutions (CHS) - Health Risk Assessments
While providing FREE healthcare access to low-income individuals not eligible for Medical Assistance or Medicare, CHS offers health risk assessments and referrals to nutrition & fitness programs to an estimated 60 clients annually.
Girl Scouts - The Grow Strong Healthy Living Program
Providing opportunities for Presidential Fitness Awards and activities emphasizing healthy eating, self-esteem and physical exercise to 150 youth in Calvert County.
Community Transformation Grant
As an active partner in United Way’s Healthy Lifestyles Impact Council, Calvert County Health Department leads the Community Transformation Grant, with funding provided from MD Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene supporting a 5 year plan to promote advocacy and environmental changes for healthy eating and active, tobacco free lifestyles in Calvert County
Prescription Discount Cards
United Way of Calvert County has partnered with FamilyWize to reduce the cost of medicine for families living in our community, with a FREE and easy-to-use prescription discount card shared with local agencies, physicians, hospitals and pharmacies. Since 2007, families in Calvert have saved over 1.2 million dollars on their prescriptions with the FamilyWize card. Free cards are available online at www.familywize.org.