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Your Health Is Our Mission.

This is why CalvertHealth is partnering with others in our community - our churches, our schools and our businesses - to bring wellness to you.

Highlights and Accomplishments:

Today, with over 25 participating churches, the Health Ministry Team Network is a vital component of the hospital’s outreach efforts to promote prevention and wellness. Through the partnership, CalvertHealth provides resources and training to area church volunteers who in turn bring health information and important screenings to those in need.

Last year, the Health Ministry Team Network hosted eight community health fairs that reached some 312 people and offered 72 monthly blood pressure screenings, which served over 567 people. The health ministry meets the fourth Monday of each month (except July) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Classroom #1 in the KeepWell Center at CalvertHealth. A light dinner is provided. For more information or to register, call 410.535.8233.

Calvert Community Dental Care provided basic dental care to 771 adults and children, a 37 percent increase over the prior year. The grant-funded program was formed in 2009 to improve access to dental care for low-income families and those who are uninsured or underinsured. Services include exams, cleaning, fluoride and sealants as well as basic restorative care and extraction.

In 2012, through a partnership with the American Legion, the clinic found a permanent home in Lusby on the public bus route that makes it easier for those without transportation to reach us. To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, Calvert Community Dental Care offered two free dental screenings in February. Each child received a free dental goodie bag.

CalvertHealth is also helping local companies develop worksite wellness programs for their employees through KeepWell@Work. Since it began in 2006, the program has continued to grow and each year more companies – large and small – are choosing to partner with the hospital. Last year, over 1,100 participants took advantage of worksite wellness services that ranged from biometric testing and health risk assessments to weight loss education and stress management lectures. For more information, call 410.535.8233.

The hospital has also joined with World Gym Fitness Centers to promote good nutrition and fitness through our Obesity Reduction Initiative. Through this partnership we’re able to offer a registered dietitian on-site as part of our healthy lifestyle programs for local adults and youth at four locations in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties.

Additionally, World Gym co-sponsors the Biggest Loser weight loss challenge at the Owings and Prince Frederick locations four times per year.Since 2013, 944 participants have lost a combined 3,070 pounds. The sessions are on-going. Call 410.535.8233 for program details.

Getting regular preventive screenings is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. CalvertHealth offers free and low-cost community screenings for blood pressure, prostate cancer, vascular, cholesterol/glucose, osteoporosis, body composition and resting metabolic rate.

By working together we can keep our community healthy!

Healthy Communities

Small Steps Can Lead to Big Changes

Whether you’re trying to shed a few pounds or cutting back on fat and sugar – you’re not alone. These are real changes that real people face all the time. The problem is when left unchecked, they can lead to obesity, diabetes and a host of other health issues. The key is to tackle them head-on, and when possible, early.

So, what’s the secret to a longer, healthier life? It turns out that genes play only a small part – about 25 percent. The answer is that 75 percent is up to you – starting with what you choose to eat and how physically active you choose to be.

Check out the healthy recipes featured under “Eat Right” and tips for building more activity in your day under “Move More” Our goal is to help you to become the healthiest you can be.

Move More

The following 10-Minute Workout was created by Jen Lundeen, our KeepWell Health Educator. You can do this workout anywhere and these basic moves will increase your strength, balance and flexibility.

*Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.


The first four minutes are a warm-up to prevent injury and get your heart pumping:

Minutes 1-3
Jog in place for 3 minutes.
Beginners-March in place for 3 minutes.

Minutes 3-4
Arm circles forward for 30 seconds.
Arm circles backwards for 30 seconds.

Minutes 4-5
Push ups- Perform as many push-ups as you can with good form for 30 seconds.
Beginners-Drop to your knees or do your push-ups on the wall.
Jog or march in place for 30 seconds.

Minutes 5-6
Squats-Perform as many squats as you can with good form for 30 seconds.
Beginners-Only come down halfway.
Jog or march in place for 30 seconds.

Minutes 6-7
Plank- Perform a plank and hold the position for up to 30 seconds.
Beginners- Drop to your knees and hold position for up to 30 seconds.
Jog or march in place for 30 seconds.

Minutes 7-8
Lunges-Lunge forward switching legs for 30 seconds.
Beginners-Only lunge forward halfway.
Jog or march in place for 30 seconds.

Minutes 8-10
Cool down-Walk for 2 minutes.

CalvertHealth Making a Real Difference: Personal Stories

The Biggest Loser contest changed everything about the way I eat and the results were phenomenal,” said Donna Smith of Lusby. The 44-year-old mother of two said the hospital’s weight loss program started her on a healthy eating and exercise routine that she has kept up.

I feel so positive and am excited about the future,” said Smith, who lost 15.1 pounds and 2.2 percent body as a result of the 12-week weight loss challenge that is co-sponsored by CalvertHealth and World Gym four times per year at the fitness center’s Owings and Prince Frederick locations.

The program consists of weekly weigh-ins and provides participants with nutrition and exercise information. They also receive an initial and final body composition measurement, a free copy of The Culprit and the Cure and three months’ access to Vitabot online meal planning and nutritional analysis. The winner, who is determined by total weight and body fat loss along with participation in weekly weigh-ins, receives a Total Wellness Package that includes a one-year World Gym membership, four consultations with a registered dietitian and four personal trainer sessions.

It was the best thing in the world for me when I read about the Biggest Loser contest,” she said. “I signed up the same day with a girlfriend. I thought it would be a fun way to start taking care of myself.

The weekly weigh-ins really helped me focus on my goal to get my (cholesterol and A1C) numbers under control,” said Smith who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 34. “It didn’t feel competitive. It was more like a support system.”

Her lab work showed the program was working – her triglycerides went from over 600 to 125, her A1C level was less than 7 and her good HDL was up and her bad LDL was down. “I’ve also been able to reduce the number of insulin injections I have to take,” she added. “I sleep a whole lot better because I’m not getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

She replaced processed grains with quinoa and brown rice, limits her fruit servings and eats a lot more vegetables, especially spinach. “I tell myself if I don’t absolutely love it then it’s not worth the calories.

Today, she gets together with a small group to do circuit training twice a week and then she goes to gym three more days on her own. “Once a week, I left weights and the other days it’s an hour on the treadmill,” she said. “My 16-year-old daughter is my exercise buddy and my husband has even started taking walks with me through our neighborhood.

For Smith, the Biggest Loser was just the beginning. “I tell myself it’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.” And she definitely plans to keep going."

KeepWell@Work for Employers

W.O.W. Calvert Walk Off Weight Program

W.O.W. stands for Walk off Weight and that's what the 8-week program is all about - getting fit and healthy by walking off weight.

To help keep you motivated, there are weekly weigh-ins at various locations throughout Calvert County.

For more information, call 410.535.8233.

Hospital Launches W.O.W. Calvert

There are so many interesting places to walk in our beautiful county. Whether it's a stroll with friends, a family outing or a solo journey exploring a new path - it's as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise. You can do it almost anywhere and at anytime. It's also inexpensive. All you need is a good pair of shoes. To help you get started, CalvertHealth developed a guide as part of W.O.W. Calvert to encourage more local residents to walk as part of a healthy lifestyle.

We've included lots of helpful tips like setting personal goals, tracking your progress and stretching guidelines. You'll also find a map of 13 scenic locations plus four high schools that have tracks. Additionally, there is a description of each location with a list of the amenities available.

Click here to download the completed W.O.W. Calvert Guide.

Click here to download the route map and locations.

or you can download the individual maps for each location:

American Chestnut Land Trust
Annmarie Garden
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
Calvert/Patuxent High School tracks
Calvert Cliffs State Park
Chesapeake Beach Boardwalk
Cove Point Park
Dunkirk District Park
Flag Ponds Nature Park
Hallowing Point Park
Jefferson Patterson Park
Kings Landing Park
North Beach Boardwalk
Northern/Huntingtown High School tracks
Prince Frederick Blvd

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