It's Healthy Maryland Week, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley.
The week, which runs from Mary 29-June 3, encourages residents to become more healthy through exercise, better food choices and preventive care.
The O'Malley administration is holding various events to highlight health and wellness along with the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland, a group of businesses and nonprofits that support health initatives.
"Today, we're here to kick off a week's worth of events to get the word out about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and the resources and opportunities available in every community to live a healthy lifestyle," said O'Malley on Tuesday at Truxtun Park's Roger W. "Pip" Moyer Recreations Center to proclaim the week.
"Together, we're setting some big goals in Maryland to create a better, healthier future for our children. There are some challenges so large that we can only hope to tackle them together. Creating jobs and expanding opportunity is one, and everything we do to improve the health of our people and save lives is another."
At the event, officials promoted buying local fresh produce.
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will attend another event scheduled for Thursday will offer free screenings for diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol in Prince George's County.
Tim Rhode, director of the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland, said various organizations around the state are promoting healthful living, which can stem the obesity rate and rising health care costs.