The State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness took effect October 1, 2017. The Council consists of 34 members appointed by the Secretary of Health. The Council provides guidance on Statewide chronic disease prevention and control, and the promotion of evidence-based programs for healthy lifestyles and the prevention, early detection and treatment of chronic disease.
The three Councils below have been consolidated into the State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness. Their work continues through permanent Committees within the Council. In addition, a new focus area, Diabetes, is also represented by a permanent Committee within the Council.
The State Advisory Council on Heart Disease and Stroke consisted of 24 members appointed by the Governor, representing 18 organizations and the public. The goal of the Council was to improve outcomes for heart disease and stroke patients in Maryland.
The State Advisory Council on Arthritis and Related Diseases consisted of 15 members appointed by the Governor, representing a variety of voluntary and government agencies, health and medical professions. The goal of the Council was to reduce the burden of arthritis in Maryland.
The State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness was composed of a multidisciplinary, volunteer group of 25 Governor-appointed Maryland citizens. The mission of the Council was to educate, advise, and encourage the citizens of Maryland to gain health benefits and enhance the quality of their lives through regular exercise.