Recently the Horizon Foundation has been in the news promoting an effort to reduce the level of sugar that young people in our County consume. The increasing use of sugar in our foods is thought to play a role in the growing obesity problem in our country. This effort is part of the Foundation's Healthy Howard County program. As part of this effort the Foundation has developed a "Health Status Dashboard" that shows our status in these areas as either being better than the rest of Maryland with the arrow pointed to green or below the rest of Maryland and the arrow pointing to red.
Not surprisingly Howard County residents come out well in most areas of health as would be expected in a community with a high median income and a high educational level. Health status and income are usually correlated. What the Horizon Foundation has done is to look at how Howard County compares to the rest of Maryland in a wide range of health indicators.
So where does Howard County come in below average? Surprisingly in the incidence of tuberculosis and Lymes Disease. While the rate of being overweight is low in our general population the rate is high with the population of low income preschool children. We also have an above average rate of fast food places in the County and a low rate of grocery stores accepting food stamps or as it is now called SNAP.
On May 5th the Howard County Library is hosting Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson presents the award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. Registration is now online.
The Columbia Patch had a recent article about some of the parking changes and addition of a red light with the develop of the Whole Foods in the old Rouse Building.
The County Exec will hold his first budget hearing tonight for the public.
From the Howard County chapter of the American Association of University Women:
Remit $15 cash or check made out to AAUW Howard County and send to:
Amy Robinson, 5563 Nettlebed Ct., Columbia, MD 21045
Questions about donations, email firstname.lastname@example.org