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.

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How to Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

Learn from the experts in our new FREE Speaker Series. 

Thursday, September 19, 7-8:00pm, CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia

School is often one of the most stressful and contentious topics within families. It can feel like a constant struggle and battle. This seminar will address school and education-related topics when parenting teenagers. The presentation will cover homework strategies and tips, working with the school system, learning differences and disabilities, and special education. Presented by Crossroads Psychological Associates and featuring David A. Gold, Ph.D., and Brad Bernstein, M.S.,LCPC

David Gold, Ph.D.

David Gold, Ph.D.


Brad Bernstein, MS, LCPC

Brad Bernstein, MS, LCPC

FREE and open to the public.

Register at  https://yyts.eventbrite.com/.

For more information, contact Shawni Paraska at 410-715-3128 or Shawni.Paraska@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Thursday, October 17, 7-8pm, Slayton House

 Wilde Lake Village Center, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, 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 urologyhealth19.eventbrite.com.by Wednesday, October 16.

For more information, contact Shawni Paraska at 410-715-3128 or Shawni.Paraska@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Frank Nezu, M.D.

Frank Nezu, M.D.


Dr. Lisa Hawes

Dr. Lisa Hawes

Eat Better. Feel Better.

The school year is here, which may mean it’s time to pack lunches. What are healthy options? 

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Thursday, October 10, 6:30-7:30pm, Haven on the Lake, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway,  Columbia

Open to everyone

Register by Tuesday, October 8 by calling 410-715-3128 or emailing Shawni.Paraska@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

$8.99 per person for dinner and presentation 

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, or bodily energies. When these Doshas are out of balance, your body may be more susceptible to disease. Presentation given by Chef Akemi Parker, founder of Green-Eating and author of Superfoods-Powerful Foods that Beat Cancer and Chronic Illness. Hosted by Dr. Divya L. Selvakumar, owner of Divine Diets. 

Chef Akemi Parker

Chef Akemi Parker

From the Doctor

Dr. Kevin CarlsonDr. Kevin Carlson is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and a member of CA’s Medical Advisory Board

Although some things that happen to us are predetermined by our genes, it may be a relief to know that our health can be improved by the choices that we make. In fact, in people ages 65 and older, lifestyle is a larger determinant of health than genetics. Aging well means living to old age and doing so with vitality of body and mind. Despite the advances of science and technology, our modern conveniences, heavily processed foods, and 24-hour news cycle may undermine our success.

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