Chronic Disease

A Program of the Prevention & Health Communications Department

Funded by: The Center for Disease Control Community Transformation Initiative

Downtown Walking Route

1.3 mile marked, paved route around downtown Salisbury (look for signs)

Downtown Walking Route map with sign

Lifestyle Balance


Lifestyle Balance Program

Wicomico County Health Department’s Lifestyle Balance Program is an evidenced based pro gram developed by the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.  It is a lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.


  • It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight (that would be 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person).
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.
  • Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).
  • Participants learn how to eat more healthily and decrease the fat in their dietary intake.
  • Participants are also coached to increase their physical activity.
  • Tracking food intake and monitoring activity are important components of the program.

 For more information or to see if you are eligible, call (410) 334-3480.

Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP)

A Program of Planning and Population Health The Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) is part of the Governor’s comprehensive statewide strategy for reducing overdose deaths related to pharmaceutical opioids and heroin. Through the OMPP grant, Health Department staff work closely with stakeholders across the region to reduce unintentional overdoses involving opioids such as prescription painkillers and…

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

A Program of the Prevention & Health Communications Department The Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Adolescent Health Programprovides technical assistance, health education, and promotional efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in Wicomico County. Several community based initiatives are designed to affect teen pregnancy using Abstinence and Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Services and education are provided to pre-adolescents, adolescents, parents and community groups which are…

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