News Release, St. Mary’s County Health Department

LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 5, 2019) – The Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) action team of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership is pleased to announce the 5thyear of the local More to Explore program! The More to Explore program encourages all community members to get outside and explore our local parks, historic sites and farmers’ markets through an annual passport challenge. The More to Explorepassport guides participants to these locations and offers prizes for those who visit multiple sites.

The 2019 challenge will run from June 17- August 17. This program works in tandem with the St. Mary’s County Library summer reading program, which allows individuals to participate online or with a printed copy of the full passport or quick guide. For more information on how to participate, please visit:

Sponsors are crucial to the ongoing success of this program and provide the means to offer printed materials and prizes to participants. Thank you to our sponsors for 2019: Healthiest Maryland Businesses, Bread of Life Food Pantry, 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, The Community Alcohol Coalition 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, visit for information on membership or activities.

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