Make Health Happen

Last updated: January 11, 2019

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Make Health Happen, presented by Healthy Anne Arundel, is a unified marketing effort to increase awareness of health programs, activities and events to the community, including County organizations, businesses, schools and residents.

Programs, activities or events are endorsed by Make Health Happen if they meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Physical Activity: minimum 30 minutes of physical activity
  • Nutrition: program is designed for healthy nutrition, hydration, and/or communicating healthy eating habits
  • Nature: minimum 30 minutes of a nature component
  • Family Involvement: program is designed for family involvement
  • Behavioral Health: program is designed for improving mental well-being

As a Make Health Happen endorsed health program, activity or event, the organization will receive the following benefits:

  • Increased exposure of health program, activity or event to the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition members and community partners.
  • Free marketing and promotion via existing Make Health Happen venues (e.g., website) Note: Individual organizations are responsible for primary marketing and promotion beyond Make Health Happen resources.
  • Use of Make Health Happen logo solely to accompany endorsed health program, activity or event. Note: Use of Make Health Happen logo is subject to approval.

Participating organizations will be required to complete the following:

      1. Healthy Events and Meetings guidelines
      2. Healthy Events and Meetings checklist
      3. Healthy Events and Meetings sample policy
  • Share the Make Health Happen Survey with participants of your health program, activity or event and send results to:
    Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition
    c/o Anne Arundel County Department of Health
    3 Harry S. Truman Parkway
    Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Complete a brief electronic evaluation form. Organizations are required to provide Make Health Happen photo waivers to participants or provide them with a copy of organization’s waiver that has added Make Health Happen information. Feel free to post your event or activity photos on
  • Reapply for endorsement if health program, activity or event is longer than one year.

Healthy Anne Arundel Calendar of Events

Challenges to be Addressed

  • Reduce the proportion of adults, young children and adolescents who are obese.
  • Increase awareness of obesity as a major public health issue.
  • Increase policy and environmental supports for healthy eating and physical activity to reduce and prevent obesity in the community, schools and businesses.

Community Health Needs Assessment 2015

  • In Anne Arundel County, 68% of adults and 32% of children ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep disorders and respiratory problems.
  • The leading causes of death in Anne Arundel County include cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes, with mortality rates higher than Maryland and national rates.
  • According to a survey conducted among County key informants and focus groups, including health care professionals, social service providers, non-profit leaders, business leaders and faith-based organizations in Anne Arundel County, obesity/overweight was selected as being the most important key health issue to address within the county.  The community stakeholders indicated that the community is not aware of the health programs and services being offered and that increased communication and awareness would be a strategy to encourage community involvement and support around the health issue.

Healthy People 2020 Objectives

  • Increase the proportion of online health information seekers who report easily accessing health information.
  • Increase social marketing in health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Increase the proportion of adults who are at a healthy weight.
  • Reduce the proportion of children and adolescents who are considered obese.

Goal of Make Health Happen

  • Our goal is to raise awareness of existing evidenced-based resources, programs and events to the community including County organizations, businesses, schools and targeted populations to increase availability, accessibility and usability of affordable healthy foods, health education opportunities and physical activity opportunities.
Updated: January 11, 2019 — 2:18 pm
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