LEONARDTOWN, MD –The Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) action team of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership is pleased to announce the 2018 More to Explore program! The More to Explore program encourages all community members to get outside and explore our local parks, historic sites and farmer’s markets through an annual passport challenge. The More to Explore passport guides participants to these locations and offers prizes for those who visit multiple sites. The 2018 challenge will run fromJune 18 – August 25. This program allows individuals to participate online, via an app, or with a hard copy of the passport booklet and works in tandem with summer reading program from the St. Mary’s County Library. For more information, please visit:www.healthystmarys.com/more-to-explore.

Sponsors are crucial to the ongoing success of this program and provide the means to offer prizes and a printed booklet option at no cost to community members. Thank you to our sponsors for 2018: The Community Alcohol Coalition, Corn Crib Studio, Healthiest Maryland Businesses, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, the Minority Outreach Coalition, St. Mary’s County Health Department, St. Mary’s County Library, St. Mary’s County Recreation & Parks, St. Mary’s County Tennis Association and United HealthCare.

Healthy eating and active living are essential in the prevention and control of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. These chronic diseases contribute to the leading causes of death nationally and here in St. Mary’s County. The Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) action team of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership brings together community organizations and residents to coordinate local action around healthy eating and active living. Joining the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership is free and new members are always welcome – visitwww.healthystmarys.comfor information on membership or activities.