For Immediate Release January 17, 2017

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Kevin Cservek:

GLEN BURNIE, MD – University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) and The Y in Central Maryland announced today a two-year partnership which will be implemented at the organization’s Arnold and Pasadena Ys. Under the partnership, the Y and UM BWMC will develop and provide a variety of screenings, lectures, and events to help bring health and wellness programs to residents of Anne Arundel County.

“UM BWMC and the Y share a common mission to improve the health and well-being of our community. We’re both committed to helping people live well and stay healthy. Together, we can have a greater impact in addressing preventative care, health education, injury prevention and a better quality of life,” said UM BWMC President and CEO Karen Olscamp.

The two organizations plan to host an array of events, screenings and activities in 2017 including: blood pressure and vascular screenings, nutrition education, senior health education and children’s activities. UM BWMC will also host its signature annual Heartbeat for Health event at the Y in Arnold on Saturday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

John Hoey, President and CEO of the Y in Central Maryland said, “We are delighted with the UM BWMC partnership. It further extends and reinforces our commitment to the health & well-being of the Anne Arundel community and is one more way we progress toward the accomplishment of our Strategic Plan called IMPACT 2020 which states that "healthy living and well-being, beyond fitness and nutrition, investments in a thriving community.”

Anne Arundel County’s rates of heart disease, stroke and cancer cases are higher than the national average according to the Anne Arundel County Health Department and officials at both organizations believe this partnership will give community members access to more education and awareness to help decrease these numbers.