In October 2017, the State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness was created (Chapter 40, Acts of 2017). The Council assumes the responsibilities of the State Advisory Council on Arthritis and Related Diseases, the State Advisory Council on Heart Disease and Stroke, and the State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. To carry out that work, the Council works through at least four committees concerned with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and physical fitness.
Further, the Council promotes evidence-based programs for developing healthy lifestyles, and for the prevention, early detection, and treatment of chronic diseases. To the Maryland Department of Health, the Council makes recommendations on chronic disease prevention, health, and wellness.
Of the Council's thirty-three members, twenty seven are appointed by the Secretary of Health to four-year terms. Four serve ex officio, and the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Maryland Association of County Health Officers each have a representative (Code Health-General, sec. 13-203).
Governor Hogan signing SB-38.
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