Columbia Association’s Community Health Division collaborates with health and wellness organizations in order to improve the health of our community — offering wellness programs, promoting good health, and providing educational awareness of good health practices.

We provide a comprehensive approach to whole body health by offering guided physical activity, lifestyle coaching, and nutrition education. We also work with numerous medical practices to ensure a continuum of care for their patients.

Click here to learn more about Healthy Living.

Health Focus

As our community ages, CA wants to help support healthy aging initiatives. The University of Maryland’s Department of Kinesiology (under the direction of Dr. J. Carson Smith) and CA’s Columbia Athletic Club are joining hands in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Click here to learn about the Exercise for Brain Health study and how you can participate for free.

How to Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

#1 Priority: Why Urology Health is Important

Thursday, October 17, 7-8pm, CA Headquarters

6310 Hillside Court, Columbia

FREE and open to the public

Learn about the current trends in men’s and women’s urology health and why your urology health is important. Presentation followed by Q&A. Refreshments provided.

Presented by Chesapeake Urology and featuring Frank Nezu, M.D. and Lisa Hawes, M.D.

Register at Wednesday, October 16.

For more information, contact Shawni Paraska at 410-715-3128 or

Frank Nezu, M.D.

Frank Nezu, M.D.

Dr. Lisa Hawes

Dr. Lisa Hawes


Spice Up event photos and video (Coming soon!). 

Learn how just a pinch of extraordinary spices deliver not only great taste but also exponentially increase the health benefits of the vegetable dishes you make.

Open to the public

Thursday, October 10, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Haven on the Lake, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway

Register by October 8 at this link 

$8.99 for dinner and presentation, due at event

Being healthy depends on a delicate balance between mind, body and spirit. Come learn how what you eat and how you eat affect your Doshas (bodily energies). When these Doshas are out of balance, your body may be more susceptible to disease. 

Presentation by Dr. Divya L. Selvakumar, owner of Divine Diets. Dinner served by Chef Akemi Parker, founder of Green Eating and author of Superfoods! Powerful Foods that Beat Cancer and Chronic Illness. 

Chef Akemi Parker

Chef Akemi Parker

Dr. Divya L. Selvakumar

Dr. Divya L. Selvakumar

From the Doctor

Dr. Mark Corriere

Dr. Mark Corriere

The Global Burden of Diabetes

In recent decades, the number of people living with diabetes worldwide has surged dramatically. Diabetes is a disease that affects people of diverse backgrounds. The global burden of diabetes refers to the impact of the disease on society as measured by complications rates, early death, financial cost, and other indicators.

What You Need to Know: 10 Key Facts

  1. Between 1980 and 2014, the number of adults with diabetes worldwide quadrupled. More than 400 million people in the world (about 1 in 11) have diabetes. Of great concern is the fact that the rate of people with prediabetes (when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes) continues to rise.

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Healthy Eating