February 21, 2020
Take the Stand: It’s Testimony Time!

County officials from across the state, and of course the MACo policy staff, are camping out in Committee to be heard at public hearings. During this middle segment of the legislative session, committees are hosting long afternoons of bill hearings – receiving stakeholder input on all their pending matters. Follow Conduit Street for a roundup of MACo’s testimony this week and throughout the 2020 session.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, and Natasha Mehu discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including a recap of the hearing on the Blueprint for Maryland's Future - the bill to implement the recommendations from the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education; a new proposal to fund the Blueprint by "modernizing" Maryland's sales and use tax; and a breakdown of the wave of tech-related bills connected to public safety.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
Anne Arundel Makes Library Branch at the Mall Permanent After Successful Pilot Program
Baltimore City Hosts Black History Month Youth Celebration at City Hall
Midshore Meals til Monday Volunteers Pack Healthy Foods for Children in Need

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner Kaiser Permanente , shares tips to keep your heart health as part of February's American Heart Month.

While heart attacks are common and incredibly scary, many of them are preventable. If you focus on practicing healthy habits, you are much more likely to keep your heart happy and healthy, with the goal of avoiding the number one worldwide cause of death for adults. Four areas are most vital to maintaining heart health:

Don’t smoke. People who smoke are 2-4 times more likely to experience heart disease than people who don’t smoke. Smoking can damage the lining of your arteries, which can ultimately result in chest pain, arrhythmias, heart attacks, and heart failure.

Maintain a healthy and balanced diet. There are a lot of healthy choices available, especially if you take the time to plan your meals ahead of time. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, skinless poultry and fish, nuts, and beans. And moderation is key when it comes to saturated fats, sodium, and sugar.

Exercise regularly. Try to get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (i.e. brisk walking) per week (which is only about 21 minutes per day). If you’re able, rotate in some vigorous activity such as running, swimming, biking, or hiking uphill.

Sustain a healthy weight. If you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking, you’re more likely to maintain a healthy weight. And maintaining a healthy weight contributes to your overall health and wellness.
For more tips and health information, visit Kaiser Permanente's website .

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