How Howard County residents are staying healthy in 2019

Kathy Donnelly leads a hatha yoga class at the Yoga Center of Columbia.
Kathy Donnelly leads a hatha yoga class at the Yoga Center of Columbia. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Three notable Howard County residents answer: Which health trend have you been dying to try?

Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive


During his recent campaign, Calvin Ball says he and members of his team walked so much that they started estimating the number of steps they’d taken each day. Now he wants to get serious and try counting his steps with a tracker while encouraging others to do the same.

Saying Howard County “must make sure we are not using a sledgehammer when only a scalpel is necessary,” County Executive Calvin Ball said Thursday that the county will continue its move to acquire buildings in historic Ellicott City, but has not committed to demolishing them.

“I love walking,” he says. “Working with my team, it might be fun to encourage outdoor competitions to enjoy Howard County’s beautiful scenery while getting healthier.”


Rayna DuBose, motivational speaker and Marriotts Ridge High coach

“Running cardio is my happy place,” says Rayna DuBose, who uses prosthetic hands and feet.

Dubose says she “has a blast coaching” boys’ junior varsity basketball. But now that the basketball season is in full swing, she is dying to increase her cardio by playing much more of the game.

Rayna DuBose will be the speaker at the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County's annual celebration Monday, Oct. 15, at Howard Community College in Columbia.

“Not only am I getting in shape and staying healthy, it’s also a reminder that I’m an athlete at the end of the day,” she says.

Kathy Donnelly, Yoga Center of Columbia owner

“The practice of meditation calms the mind and lowers the stress hormones in your body, which is a huge health benefit,” says Kathy Donnelly. “Meditation is how I learned to connect with myself.”

A yoga teacher since 1999, Donnelly says she’s dying to step up her meditation experience by joining almost 1,500 people in 49 countries in a two-year online mindfulness meditation teacher certification program that starts this February.

A number of warriors to embrace yoga as a therapeutic tool to treat pain and stress. At Fort Meade, the central Maryland U.S. Army base home to 14,500 military personnel, “yoga is very well respected and often advocated,” says Col. Beverly Maliner, chief of preventive medicine services.

“It’s really neat to be able to connect with people all over the world with this program,” she says.

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