Healthy Minutes heard on 106.9 The Eagle and WARK 1490AM/98.9FM are part of the Better Together Initiative. Better Together is the health education and awareness effort generated by the alliance of the region's hospitals: Frederick Memorial Hospital, Meritus Health and Western Maryland Health System. By sharing health education and information, everyone can enjoy the benefits of being

"Better Together"

If you missed the Diabetes Seminar on November 18, 2014 at the Women’s Center @ FMH Crestwood, here are some educational highlights:
What the Body Normally Does
What the Body with Diabetes Does
Types of Diabetes
Risk Factors
Diabetes can occur in anyone…but…increased risk if:
Lifestyle Interventions
A Word about Carbohydrates      
Role of the Patient Navigator

Healthy Exercise Tips From

Meritus Health

Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report

Despite large declines in smoking rates, cigarettes still cause about one-third of cancer deaths in the United States, according to a new study.
"Our results indicate that cigarette smoking causes about three in 10 cancer deaths in the contemporary United States. Reducing smoking prevalence as rapidly as possible should be a top priority for U.S. public health efforts to prevent future cancer deaths," researchers from the American Cancer Society wrote.
The researchers analyzed 2010 national data to get the latest numbers. The new cancer death estimate doesn't include deaths from secondhand smoke. It also doesn't include deaths from other types of tobacco use such as cigars, pipes, or smokeless tobacco.
The study appears in the journal Annals of Epidemiology.
More than 30 years ago, a groundbreaking study concluded that 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States were caused by smoking. Since that time, no new estimate of this percentage has been published in the scientific literature, the current study's authors noted.
The researchers said the rate of smoking-related cancer deaths in 2010 is higher than the rate three decades ago. But they said that doesn't mean falling smoking rates have not helped reduce cancer deaths.
Rather, other factors contributed to the higher rate in 2010. Those factors include an increasing number of cancers known to be caused by smoking, rising lung cancer death rates among women smokers, and progress in reducing deaths from cancers caused by factors other than smoking, the researchers said.

Educational Programs

Nutritional Counseling: What can a Registered Dietitian do for you?

Community Presentations
Health education programs led by health care professionals are offered in the community.  Topics include tobacco cessation, stress management, nutrition, physical activity, and health and wellness coaching. Programs are offered for a nominal fee or free of charge at various sites in the community.  Times, dates and locations are publicized through the media and the calendar.  

Tobacco Cessation
Support is available to individuals who want to quit using tobacco products.  WMHS Community Health and Wellness staff will help develop a personalized plan for quitting and provide the information and resources needed.  Group classes are scheduled upon request.

Living Well With Diabetes Program - Meets Monthly
Education is the key to being empowered to manage your diabetes, avoid its complications, and achieve optimum health.  This diabetes self-management training (DSMT) covers the many aspects of diabetes self-management and glycemic control.  It’s an enjoyable day filled with practical information and tools you can use daily to make managing your diabetes easier.  Our team of registered dietitians, pharmacists, nurses and exercise physiologist will on hand to provide support and expertise.  A family member or support person is welcome to attend the program.  (Click HERE for details)
The Diabetes Self-Management Training classes are held at Johnson Heights Medical Office Building, Suite 209, at 625 Kent Avenue Cumberland, MD 21502.  Contact number is 240-964-4812 to reserve your spot in a class or make an appointment for Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Self-Assessment Tools

Healthy Living Calculators

Knowing where your health ranks can be life-saving. The following self-assessment tools are designed to help assess where your health is at... and where it needs to be. The tools range from healthy body weight calculators to disease risk assessors for heart disease, depression and more.

Ideal Body Weight

Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.


Body Mass Index

This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


Waist-to-hip Ratio

Are you apple-shaped or pear-shaped? Find out here.


Basal Metabolism

This is the amount of calories your body burns when at rest, but awake, over the course of one day. What's your basal metabolism?


Calorie/Energy Needs

How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.


Target Heart Rate

When you stop to take your heart rate during a workout, what should it be? Depends on your age and how hard you're working out. Find out your range here.


Activity Calculator

Enter your weight and how many calories you would like to burn. We'll tell you which activities to do and how long to do them to work off those calories.


Calories Burned

Select the type and duration of activity you do and we'll tell you the calories you've burned.


Exercise Guide

Enter your current weight and how much you would like to lose per week. We’ll tell you which activities will help you accomplish your weight loss goal and how much time you will need to spend doing them.


Ovulation Calculator

Is it time to expand your family? This tool identifies your most fertile days during the month.



Health Risk Assessors



Determine your risk of depression by answering nine questions mental health professionals use to help make the diagnosis of this common condition.



Find out if you are at increased risk for Type II Diabetes by answering a series of simple questions.



Find out if you could benefit from further testing and treatment for osteoporosis.


Breast Cancer

Determine your risk of developing breast cancer within the next five years based on your age and other known risk factors.


Coronary Heart Disease

Determine your risk of developing significant coronary heart disease within the next ten years based on your age, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other risk factors.