What You Missed at Healthy Howard Day!

by Ara G. Beal

In Howard County there are a myriad of ways to stay well.  At the fourth annual Healthy Howard Day held in Centennial Park this weekend, many of these were on display.







The new Miller Branch of the library will include an Enchanted Garden that will be used for classes and events, many focused on healthy eating.  The library is currently selling handprint tiles and engraved pavers to support the garden.







School Board Member, Ellen Giles discusses healthy schools initiatives in the area with attendees.






A group warm up before Zumba, just one of the many free exercise classes offered during the day.







Free massages!  What could be better?








Local children find their school on the list of “Healthy Schools” here in Howard County.



















Some of the area schools mascots compete in a brief olympics.






LL Bean was on hand to give fly fishing lessons.





A very important part of wellness:  good food!  A number of local restaurants were there with samples of their healthy fare, including Uno’s and Noodles and Company.







USTA was on hand with tennis rackets and balls to give kids a chance to work on their swing.






And no healthy event can be considered complete until it has a giant, inflatable slide.


Ara G. Beal is a Children’s Research Specialist and Instructor at the Central Branch of the Howard County Library System. She is also a theater scholar and professor, and is raising a wonderfully precocious son (she herself being somewhat precocious).


  1. Thank you Ara for your Healthy Howard Day post and for sharing your pictures. You captured quite a lot of what the day was about. We very much appreciate our partnership with the Howard County Library System, and the many other organizations, in putting this event together.

    Brian Jolles, President
    We Promote Health

    • Thank you, Brian. It was an enjoyable day for all!