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

Have you ever been on vacation and returned home more tired than before you left? Have you ever been sick or injured on vacation? Click here for some tips on how to make your vacation a happy one.

SLOW DOWN — Cramming too many activities into your vacation can increase your stress. Enjoy the moment, take deep breaths, and relax in your surroundings.

PACK LIGHTLY — Not only is carrying a heavy suitcase bad for your back, but chances are you really won’t need everything you crammed in there.

EAT WISELY — Sure, it’s great to have dessert. After all, you are on vacation. But take care not to stuff yourself to the point that you have a stomach ache, develop gas pains, or become fatigued.

WALKING SHOES ARE ESSENTIAL — Sore feet can ruin your vacation. Ill-fitting, non-supportive shoes cause pain and make you want to limit your activity.

REMEMBER THE AIDS — Sunscreen, allergy medicines, bug spray…without these, your vacation can be miserable.

Eat Better. Feel Better

More than 400 community residents enjoyed hearing Rip Esselstyn talk about a plant-based diet and learned from a panel of nutrition experts what changes in eating habits may work for them.

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From the Doctor

Chikoti Wheat, MDChikoti Wheat, MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist with Anne Arundel Dermatology and is a member of CA’s Medical Advisory Board.

What is the most common cancer?

Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer in the United States — one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. As a board-certified dermatologist, it is my honor to educate you on the importance of annual skin cancer screening exams and safe sun protective practices.

During medical school, I was surprised to learn how many of my colleagues had never seen a dermatologist for a skin exam. Yet most of them recalled spending countless hours under the sun often resulting in sunburns. What they did not realize that the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted from the sun were the driving force behind photoaging and developing skin cancer. Read more …

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