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Baltimore Launches “Healthy City” Campaign

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Diane Henderson uses a rowing machine at Lake Montebello in Northeast Baltimore to get in shape.
Cathy Duchamp
Diane Henderson uses a rowing machine at Lake Montebello in Northeast Baltimore to get in shape.

By Cathy Duchamp

Today fitness advocates in Baltimore are promoting ‘Healthy City Days’. The idea is to get city residents to exercise more and eat better food.

The campaign follows a study that reveals Baltimore is one of the least healthy communities in Maryland.

A report by the Baltimore Department of Health last May showed city residents fared worse than other parts of Maryland on 13 of 14 health indicators. This week’s “Healthy City Days” is designed to motivate people to take better care of themselves. It’s something Diane Henderson of Northeast Baltimore is already doing.

"I come out here every night after I get off work, maybe sometimes go around once or twice and stop at the machines," says Henderson.

Henderson walks around Lake Montebello then uses the rowing and cycling machines the city installed here a few years back. At 47, Henderson wants to get ahead of the diabetes and high blood pressure she sees her friends dealing with.

"And I’m looking at it as though, before I get to that point, you can’t turn back, so why not just try to eat healthy and stay healthy before it gets to that point," she says.

Prevention is something health officials in Baltimore will preach at events across the city this week, which include free health screenings at neighborhood libraries.

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