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Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment in Bethesda, MD

There's no way around it: Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can be both scary and disheartening for patients and their loved ones. The cognitive impairment, memory loss, and eventual cognitive decline can seem like a grim prognosis. Unfortunately, the standard reductionist approach seeking to identify a single silver bullet cure doesn't account for the multifactorial nature of Alzheimer's disease.

That's why treating Alzheimer's disease requires a multifaceted response from functional medicine. While there is no single drug that can cure Alzheimer's, protocols addressing the nuanced factors contributing to the disease can make a difference. That's where Proactive Wellness Centers and Bredesen protocol treatment in Bethesda, MD comes into play.

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The Proactive Wellness Approach to Brain Health

At Proactive Wellness, we firmly believe that brain health is an essential part of your overall well-being. However, despite the emergence of new research, there has been limited understanding of how to promote brain health effectively. This includes reducing the risk of dementia/Alzheimer's and stabilizing cognitive decline in patients with early symptoms. Dr. Lawson, an esteemed Bredesen Protocol practitioner and ReCode 2.0 Certified with 17 years of experience in functional medicine can identify and address the root cause of cognitive decline in you or your loved one.

Dr. Lawson's goal isn't to replace the role of family physicians. Rather, we collaborate with primary care physicians, internists, and other medical professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to care. We believe that every individual is unique from a physiological perspective, and therefore, we avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, our programs focus on a customized approach, addressing risk factors that, if avoided or modified, could have beneficial effects for men and women who have dementia.

Our programs have a strong emphasis on slowing down and reversing the aging process, preventing diseases, and treating chronically ill patients. To achieve this, we employ a three-pronged approach:

  • We empower patients with the knowledge they need to manage their health and attain optimal well-being.
  • We prioritize disease prevention by conducting a thorough evaluation with the help of comprehensive diagnostics and the patient's health history form.
  • We collaborate with patients to implement a rejuvenation program that includes various science-based treatments, like our Brain Health Optimization Program (BHOP) for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's

One of the most popular and effective programs we offer includes Bredesen protocol treatment in Bethesda MD. This revolutionary approach to dementia has provided hope and improved cognitive function for countless people in the US. But to understand the importance of the Bredesen protocol, it's important that you first understand dementia, Alzheimer's, and its effect on people across the world.

The Wide-Reaching Effects of

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

There are currently more than 5.8 million individuals in the United States who are living with Alzheimer's disease. It is predicted that the number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will more than double by 2050.

Dementia is a type of cognitive decline that affects mental abilities. There are many different causes and complex layers involved. Cognitive impairment is characterized by abnormal results on tests measuring memory, speech, critical thinking, and other cognitive abilities, but individuals with this diagnosis are still capable of performing daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Without proper treatment, Alzheimer's disease is likely to follow within a few years. Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, and it is diagnosed through neuro-imaging and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid.

In the past, being diagnosed with Alzheimer's was often worse than receiving a death sentence. It was dehumanizing and stripped individuals of their memories, thinking abilities, and independence. However, after three decades of research, we now have a greater understanding of this devastating illness and even solutions like Bredesen protocol treatment in Bethesda, MD that can help patients deal with dementia.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Bethesda, MD

What Causes Dementia?

Dementia is caused by a normal and healthy brain process that malfunctions due to a toxic environment, inflammation, and a lack of necessary nutrients and hormones. The brain's defense mechanism produces amyloid plaques, which serve as a protective helmet around the brain. Unfortunately, these plaques destroy connections between nerve cells, ultimately affecting comprehension, recollection, and clarity.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Bethesda, MD

Dementia by the Numbers

It's important to understand the impact of Alzheimer's disease (AD) around the world. According to the CDC, AD is present in 50% of patients in nursing homes and causes more than 110,000 deaths annually in the US. It was the 6th leading cause of death in 2015. More than 5 million people in the US are affected by AD, and recent data indicates that the problem is getting worse.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 47 million people around the world are currently living with dementia, and this number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030 and 132 million by 2050. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.

While reading those statistics can be disheartening, there's reason to be hopeful. New therapies and treatments offered at Proactive Wellness - like Bredesen protocol treatment - can help patients deal with dementia and cognitive decline.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Bethesda, MD

The Power of

Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Bethesda, MD

The Bredesen Protocol is a highly personalized treatment program that aims to reverse cognitive decline and improve brain function in patients. Dr. Bredesen has designed the protocol to be adaptable and customizable, tailored to the specific symptoms and needs of each patient.

The program is centered around lifestyle changes, medication, and nutritional adjustments, all of which are tailored to address the unique symptoms and environmental factors that may be contributing to cognitive decline. This approach, referred to as ReCODE, helps patients to combat brain fog and prevent the onset of dementia.

It has also helped patients improve cognitive function significantly, reverse symptoms, and even return to work. The ReCODE program comprises lifestyle interventions, therapeutic diets, and targeted nutrients. Proactive Wellness Centers is thrilled to offer this promising treatment modality for Alzheimer's disease to benefit our patients.

It all starts with a baseline Bredesen evaluation at our wellness clinic in Bethesda, MD.

Baseline Bredesen Evaluation from

Proactive Wellness Centers

At Proactive Wellness Centers, we have two ways to help patients who are in search of Bredesen protocol treatment in Bethesda, MD. The first option is our Baseline Bredesen Evaluation, which is best suited for asymptomatic patients - that is, individuals who do not exhibit any significant cognitive decline beyond what is expected with age. Dr. Bredesen classifies such patients as "PreCode."

This evaluation serves as a starting point for PreCode patients, as well as those who are unsure of their cognitive status and potential risk factors. Our baseline evaluation includes the following:

The first step involves conducting a comprehensive set of baseline labs to evaluate your overall health, closely following the Bredesen protocol. This step goes beyond standard labs that you might have for a physical. It includes tests for magnesium, zinc, and selenium levels, B6, B12, and folate levels, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels.

It also includes

  • Pre-Diabetes Evaluation
  • Hormone Level Evaluation
  • Thyroid Level Evaluation
  • Specific Immune Marker Evaluation such as TH1, TH2, IL6, and TNF.

Our goal with this assessment is to establish a starting point and compare your cognitive function against what is typical for your age group. We have chosen to use the CNS Vital Signs cognitive assessment, which is widely recognized as one of the best in the industry. Additionally, we will be conducting the standard MoCA test as part of the evaluation.

A DNA test is performed to identify the specific APOE genotype present in your DNA. APOE e4 has been shown to be associated with an increased chance of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, which occurs after a person is 65 years old.

This step covers your lab results and includes a detailed plan of action to address areas of improvement as identified in your baseline evaluation.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Bethesda, MD

What are the Early Signs of

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?

As we grow older, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal changes in our cognitive abilities and the initial signs of dementia. The issue with preventing chronic illnesses is that we often believe we are healthy as long as we don't experience any symptoms, but this is not entirely accurate. Symptoms are typically the last indicator of a disease, meaning it has already progressed by the time they appear.

While it's always best to catch diseases before you notice symptoms, taking proactive measures at the first sign of cognitive changes can greatly impact the aging of your brain and body. It's crucial to act immediately if you're experiencing the following symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment. That way, ,you have a better chance of preventing the development of Alzheimer's.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Bethesda, MD

Roughly 10% of individuals with MCI progress to Alzheimer's annually.

Fortunately, Bredesen protocol treatment in Bethesda, MD may provide you with a chance to delay or even reverse these symptoms

Memory Issues

Memory Issues

You have a hard time remembering events that happened recently, such as appointments or important conversations with loved ones. You may also have trouble remembering important information.

Language Issues

Language Issues

You have trouble finding relevant words when you're talking with other people. You may also have problems following along with complex or complicated discussions.

Maintaining Concentration

Difficulty Maintaining Concentration and Attention

You have noticed a reduced ability to focus and stay honed in on most tasks. You may also not be able to multitask effectively, and it may be harder to keep your attention for long periods of time.

Decline in Executive Functions

Decline in Executive Functions

This symptom involves difficulty with skills like decision-making, planning, problem-solving, and organizing. These difficulties are often most apparent in day-to-day activities.

Visuospatial Awareness

Problems with Visuospatial Awareness

You may have trouble parking your car, judging distances, reading maps, or completing tasks that necessitate spatial orientation.

Impaired Judgement

Impaired Judgement and Reasoning

This may include problems when making judgments or decisions. Examples may consist of difficulties making financial decisions, managing finances, making reasonable and appropriate social decisions, or thinking through risky situations.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Bethesda, MD

By contrast, some of the most common signs of normal aging can include the following

Experiencing temporary lapses in memory, where recently learned details like names or scheduled events may slip from one's mind but can be remembered later on

  • You occasionally make mistakes, but nothing that stands out as significant or unusual.
  • You have to ask for help putting together or setting up electronic devices or equipment.
  • You sometimes forget what day it is but have the ability to remember the correct date later on.
  • Your vision is getting worse, which is caused by cataracts.
  • You experience shortness of breath or get tired more often when being active.
  • You feel unusual aches and pains, especially during poor weather.
  • You get confused sometimes but don't have an inability to make decisions or multitask.
  • You have a hard time keeping your body temp regulated.
  • You get angry or frustrated when tasks aren't completed in certain ways.

Your Trusted Choice for Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Bethesda, MD

Maintaining a healthy brain is crucial for one's overall well-being, yet there remains a lack of knowledge when it comes to promoting brain health, reducing the likelihood of dementia, or managing symptoms for those exhibiting early warning signs.

That's why we're excited to offer patients the ReCODE program at Proactive Wellness Centers. Developed by Doctor Bredesen, this treatment has shown remarkable success in improving cognitive function and even reversing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program includes lifestyle changes, dietary interventions, and specialized nutrients, and we are eager to provide this promising treatment option to patients like you.

If you or a loved one are starting to show concerning signs of cognitive decline, contact our office today to learn more about Bredesen protocol therapy. It could be your first step toward reversing mental decline and enjoying life to its fullest.

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Geminid Meteors, Best Shooting Stars Of 2023, Peak This Week Over MD

The best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, should fire off 120 shooting stars an hour at its peak Wednesday night and early Thursday.Deb Belt, Patch StaffMARYLAND — Weather permitting in Maryland, stargazers will be rewarded with what is regarded as the best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, which fire off at a rate of about 120 shooting stars an hour during the Wednesday night and Thursday morning peak.T...

The best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, should fire off 120 shooting stars an hour at its peak Wednesday night and early Thursday.

Deb Belt, Patch Staff

MARYLAND — Weather permitting in Maryland, stargazers will be rewarded with what is regarded as the best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, which fire off at a rate of about 120 shooting stars an hour during the Wednesday night and Thursday morning peak.

This is expected to be a banner year for the Geminids. The moon will be a slim crescent low in the west-southwest sky that sets before nightfall, leaving a dark sky to view the shower known for often yellowish-colored meteors and fireballs.

In most places in the country, warmer-than-normal December temperatures, thanks to a strong El Niño climate pattern, are ideal for overnight meteor watching. The National Weather Service calls for clearn skies overnight Wednesday and early Thursday in Maryland.

The best views of the Geminid meteor shower are around 2 a.m. local time on Thursday when the shower’s radiant point — the constellation Gemini — is at its highest point in the sky. But because Gemini begins to come up near the east-northeast horizon around twilight, you may see a few shooting stars as soon as the sky gets dark Wednesday night, making it a perfect meteor shower to enjoy with the kids, according to NASA.

Early evening skywatchers may catch a rare “Earth grazer” — that is, a slow-moving, long-lasting bright meteor traveling horizontally across the sky.

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Around 9 or 10 p.m. local time, the shower noticeably picks up in velocity, according to Space.com. That’s because the higher the radiant point in the sky, the more meteors it produces.

These are top sky-watching spots in Maryland, according to Space Tourism Guide:

If you can’t make it outside during the peak, don’t despair. You should also be able to see a fair number of shooting stars a few days earlier as the shower builds toward its crescendo.

Meteors occur when Earth, in its orbit around the Sun, passes through debris left behind by disintegrating comets and space rocks. The Geminid meteors fly as Earth passes through the massive trail of dusty debris left behind by the rocky object named 3200 Phaethon. The dust and grit burn up when they enter Earth’s atmosphere, causing a flurry of meteors.

Phaethon is one of the mysteries of the universe, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke.

“It’s either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet,” he wrote in a blog on the agency’s website. “There is another object — an Apollo asteroid named 2005 UD — that is in a dynamically similar orbit to Phaethon, prompting speculation that the two were once part of a larger body that split apart or collided with another asteroid.”

There’s more: “Most shower meteors are shed by comets when their orbits take them into the inner Solar System, but the Geminids may be the debris from this long-ago breakup or collision event. When you consider that the Geminid meteor stream has more mass than any other meteor shower, including the Perseids, whatever happened back then must have been pretty spectacular.”

The first known report of the Geminid meteor shower was in 1833, when it was seen from a riverboat moving slowly on the Mississippi River. The shower produced 10 or 20 an hour back then, but the Geminids have grown in intensity over the centuries as Jupiter’s gravity tugs particles from 3200 Phaethon closer to the Earth.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your nighttime meteor-watching excursion:

If you miss the Geminids, which run through Christmas Eve, there’s one more chance in 2023 to see meteors. The Ursid meteor shower runs from Dec. 17-26 and always peaks around the winter solstice, which is Dec. 21. The peak this year is expected to occur Dec. 23.

The Ursids are fairly low-key, delivering five or 10 meteors an hour, but on rare occasions, they can produce outbursts of 100 or more meteors an hour. The meteors appear to come from the Ursa Minor constellation.

The Quadrantid meteor shower rings in 2024, running from Dec. 26-Jan. 16 and peaking Jan. 3-4.

The shooting star show has the potential to be one of the strongest of the year, but usually falls short because the peak occurs during a short, six-hour window at a time of year when people don’t want to spend a lot of time outside, according to the American Meteor Society.

Quadrantids fly at a rate of about 25 an hour during the peak. They usually lack persistent trails, but are often rich in bright fireballs.

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Maryland Holiday Event Guide 2023: Pop-up bars, performances, lights and more

BETHESDA, Md. - The holiday season has arrived and FOX 5 has your guide to the best attractions and events taking place in Maryland to celebrate!Holiday pop-ups and celebrations in Maryland Check out the National Capital Trolley Museum’s model railroad holiday display and watch a live steam display. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance and you can ride with them on the museum’s historic street cars.Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 23 | National Capital Trolley Mu...

BETHESDA, Md. - The holiday season has arrived and FOX 5 has your guide to the best attractions and events taking place in Maryland to celebrate!

Holiday pop-ups and celebrations in Maryland

Check out the National Capital Trolley Museum’s model railroad holiday display and watch a live steam display. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance and you can ride with them on the museum’s historic street cars.

Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 23 | National Capital Trolley Museum11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.$10 - $12More information here.

A lot is going on at National Harbor for the Holidays including a Nightly Tree Light Show (from sunset - 9 p.m.) and fireworks on Saturdays at about 5:30 p.m. These are on top of holiday classes, shopping, holiday movies, free hot chocolate and much more.

Nov. 11 - Dec. 30 | National HarborHours Vary More information here.

This "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" themed "ICE!" experience sees guests wearing a signature blue parka and entering a 9 Degrees Fahrenheit wonderland carved out of ice.

Nov. 19 - Dec. 31 | Gaylord NationalVarious Times between 9 a.m.. - 8:45 p.m.$25.99-$43.99More information here.

Calling all Chesapeakes! Get the holiday season started by marching in the Christmas in St. Michaels Parade!

Dec 9 | Talbot Street from Perry Cabin south to Seymour Avenue10:30 a.m.More information here.

Sip, snack, and shop at this Ellicott City festive market!

Dec 2, 9 & 16 | The White Oak Tavern11 p.m. - 2 p.m.More information here.

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is bringing a holiday classic to life!

All aboard the Polar Express Train Ride this Christmas season. Inspired by the hit movie, this holiday experience comes to life when you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Set to the music of the motion picture soundtrack, families will love their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served prior to boarding the train. There will be singing, dancing, and a reading of The Polar Express. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and join in on the magic. This family-friendly event offers fun for all ages just outside Frederick County! Jump right into the story as we journey from either Cumberland or Frostburg to the North Pole to see St. Nick himself. All passengers will be provided a hot chocolate and a cookie plus they will receive a special commemorative silver sleigh bell.

Dec. 8 - Dec. 24Various times$40+More information here.

Holiday Markets in Maryland

Enjoy a historic holiday tradition that turns downtown Annapolis into a winter wonderland of shopping and fun!

Dec 7, 14 & 21 | Downtown Annapolis4 p.m. to 11 p.m. or midnightFreeMore information here.

A fun and festive way to shop during the holiday season!

Dec 7 - 10 1 Dock Street | Annapolis, MD 21401Times varyMore information here.

Enjoy an afternoon of shopping on the farm for the holidays!

Dec 9Wildberry Farm & Market 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.More information here.

Head on over to Downtown Frederick for First Saturday! Each weekend, there will be local businesses and local artists to support while you explore the area.

Whether you’ve lived in Downtown Frederick for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturday (and every Saturday in December) is a great time to discover something new about the beautiful downtown scene. Roast a marshmallow, grab cool prizes, sip and shop ‘til you drop. Choose from a screenprinting event at the Frederick Book Arts Center, a holiday craft fair, an art gallery and a gift market or attend a caroling sing-along at Sky Stage. Downtown Frederick is the place to be this holiday season for First Saturday. Every Saturday in December, the streets are filled with live music and entertainment. Each week, the city has planned more things to do.

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23| Downtown Frederick 19 E Church Street10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (various start times)Prices varyMore information here.

Holiday Lightings in Maryland

Enjoy the largest light show in the D.C. area and walk the 1.5-mile trail of Christmas lights and displays. Warm up by the bonfire, take a ride on a snow tube and try s’mores, funnel cakes and more.

Nov. 30 through Dec. 30 | Olney, MDVarious hoursStarting at $39More information here.

Take festive photos during this 3.5-mile drive through more than 450 illuminated displays. Tune your car radio to 97.1 WASH FM for holiday music to set the mood!

Nov. 24 through Dec. 31 | Seneca Creek State ParkVarious hours$15-$30More information here.

Looking for some family fun to get into the holiday spirit? Montgomery County has turned a popular park into a winter wonderland, with a half mile of lights to walk through.

Nov. 17 - Dec. 315:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.$10More information here.

Enjoy beautiful lights, decorated Christmas trees and Creche displays featuring nativities from around the world. Plus, listen to performances from a variety of choirs and singers.

Nov. 30 through Jan. 1 | Washington D.C. Temple4:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.FreeMore information here.

Ride through the Winter Festival of Lights! See dazzling scenes celebrating the magic of the holiday season.

Nov. 24 - Jan. 1 | 1130 Largo Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 (Enter along Rt. 202)Nightly from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10-$15 (Free on Christmas Day)More information here.

A holiday display with more than 60 spectacular animated displays!

Nov. 19 - Jan. 1 | Sandy Point State Park5 p.m. - 10 p.m.$20 per carMore information here.

A Howard County holiday tradition of dazzling, larger-than-life animated holiday light creations!

Nov. 23 - Jan. 1 | Merriweather Post Pavilion 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.$15-$50More information here.

Holiday Performances in Maryland

Hear the story of The Nutcracker through puppetry and integrated with Puppet Co. nursery rhymes. Plus, enjoy the music of the Arlington Symphony Orchestra.

Nov. 24 through Dec. 31 | The Puppet Co. PlayhouseVarious hours$15More information here.

Watch this Christmas classic, performed by the Maryland Youth Ballet, just abbreviated! The one-hour performance is a great way to introduce younger theatre-goers to the ballet.

Dec. 2, 3 & 9 | Montgomery College, Silver Spring1 p.m. & 3 p.m.$22-$30More information here.

It’s a spin on the holiday staple as Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince explore modern-day New York City. The classic score will feature contemporary and hip-hop dancers, a DJ and visual effects.

Dec. 19 through Dec. 22 | The Music Center at Strathmore8 p.m.$28-$68More information here.

Choice Hotels Holds Ribbon-Cutting For New HQ In North Bethesda

NORTH BETHESDA, MD — Choice Hotels International held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its new headquarters in North Bethesda.The new office, at 915 Meeting St., will house about 400 employees in about 108,000 square feet of space.“Welcome to the brand new headquarters of Choice Hotels International,” company President and CEO Patrick Pacious said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We are really thrilled to call this our new home. It is a spectacular state-of-the-art buildin...

NORTH BETHESDA, MD — Choice Hotels International held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its new headquarters in North Bethesda.

The new office, at 915 Meeting St., will house about 400 employees in about 108,000 square feet of space.

“Welcome to the brand new headquarters of Choice Hotels International,” company President and CEO Patrick Pacious said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We are really thrilled to call this our new home. It is a spectacular state-of-the-art building in a vibrant neighborhood called Pike & Rose.”

The company's previous headquarters was located at Rockville Metro Plaza, which they moved to in 2013. The company has been based in Maryland since 1968, MoCo 360 reported.

The event was attended by Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and other state and local officials.

"By investing in this place, you have sent a very, very clear message to the state, you've sent a very clear message to the country, you've sent a very clear message to the world that when you're thinking about where to grow your businesses, you do not need to think any further than the state of Maryland," Moore said at the event.

Choice Hotels started with seven hotel owners forming a cooperative in 1939. "Today, it is 7,500 hotels across 45 countries in the world," Pacious said.

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Elrich said that having both Choice Hotels and Marriott International headquartered in Montgomery County is extremely important because of the number of jobs they create and the message it sends about companies wanting to stay in the county.

"Having a concentration of the hotel industry here is a big deal," Elrich told Montgomery Community Media. "You get to be thought of as one of the hospitality centers."

The state of Maryland gave Choice Hotels about $1.6 million in conditional loans, and Montgomery County added $250,000, according to Montgomery Community Media.

Food services management company Sodexo also is planning to move its U.S. headquarters from Gaithersburg to the same office building in North Bethesda, owned by Federal Realty Investment Trust. The Paris-based company’s U.S. division is scheduled to move into its 52,000-square-foot office at 915 Meeting St. in spring 2024.

MD's Top Public High Schools In 2023 Ranked By U.S. News

MARYLAND — More than 200 public high schools in Maryland were ranked among the 2023-24 Best High Schools, released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.Families can use the annual rankings to compare schools at the national, state and local levels on factors such as academic performance, graduation rates and college readiness, according to a news release. U.S. News reviewed 25,000 schools and ranked 17,680 of them.Here are ...

MARYLAND — More than 200 public high schools in Maryland were ranked among the 2023-24 Best High Schools, released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Families can use the annual rankings to compare schools at the national, state and local levels on factors such as academic performance, graduation rates and college readiness, according to a news release. U.S. News reviewed 25,000 schools and ranked 17,680 of them.

Here are the top 20 public high schools in Maryland (the first number represents the state ranking; the second in parentheses is the national ranking):

1. (140) Poolesville High School, Poolesville

2. (145) Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore

3. (147) Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda

4. (235) Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville

5. (252) Winston Churchill High School, Potomac

6. (342) Centennial High School, Ellicott City

7. (401) River Hill High School, Clarksville

8. (460) Baltimore City College, Baltimore

9. (462) Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda

10. (514) Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville

11. (530) Western School Of Technology, Baltimore

12. (574) Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Bethesda

13. (681) Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville

14. (728) Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore

15. (749) George W. Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Baltimore

16. (895) Urbana High School, Ijamsville

17. (953) Chesapeake Science Point, Hanover

18. (963) Northwest High School, Germantown

19. (997) Glenelg High School, Glenelg

20. (1,006) South River High School, Edgwater

Click on the U.S. News website to find the rest of high schools in Maryland that made the list.

In general, the highest-ranked schools had students who performed well on state assessment for math, reading and science, U.S. News said. They also performed strongly in meeting the needs of underserved students, including those who are Black, Hispanic or from low-income households. The schools had a breadth of curriculum offerings and high graduation rates, and their students performed well on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

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U.S. News said eleven of the top 20 ranked schools were charter or magnet schools.

In national rankings, the top five schools are, respectively: The Early College at Guilford, Greensboro, North Carolina; Signature School at Evansville, Indiana; The School for Advanced Studies in Miami; The Davidson Academy of Nevada at Reno; and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology at Alexandria, Virginia.

READ ALSO: These MD High Schools Rank Among 2022's Best: U.S. News

Josiah Henson Museum and Park

AboutJosiah Henson Museum & Park is the former plantation property of Isaac Riley where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved. This park is a historic resource of local, state, national and international significance because of its association with Reverend Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Park contains the historic Riley/Bolten House (ca. 1...

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Josiah Henson Museum & Park is the former plantation property of Isaac Riley where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved. This park is a historic resource of local, state, national and international significance because of its association with Reverend Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Park contains the historic Riley/Bolten House (ca. 1800-1815) and its attached log kitchen (ca.1850-51). Ongoing archaeological excavations seek to find where Josiah Henson may have lived on the site.

The Josiah Henson Museum & Park is part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program.

Henson eventually escaped to Canada in 1830, where he helped established Dawn Settlement, a community inhabited by former American slaves, continued his work in the Methodist ministry, and became an international speaker and abolitionist. Henson led 118 people from enslavement in the United States to freedom in Canada as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Many of Henson’s experiences of life enslaved on the Riley plantation are vividly depicted in his autobiography and later recreated in Stowe’s fictional novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The impact of Stowe’s novel should not be underestimated. Published in 1852, it broke all sales records of the time and sold more than half a million copies by 1857. The book inspired and inflamed the abolitionist movement in the mid-nineteenth century, and many believe the novel helped to propel the American Civil War.

Because of the historical associations of the Josiah Henson Museum & Park, it is among few properties in Montgomery County that conjures up images of slavery and the experience of the enslaved. The museum strives to accurately portray Henson’s life and the Maryland enslaved experience as well as to explore the impact of Stowe’s novel. Josiah Henson was a freedom fighter. His legacy is an important part of African American history.

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Welcome to the Josiah Henson Museum & Park! Discover Rev. Henson’s early life experiences through multimedia exhibits located throughout the museum and grounds. Learn about the 19th-century plantation through archaeological displays. Explore the park to engage in personal and group reflection.

PARKING: Available only at the Kennedy-Shriver Aquatic Center located across the street, one and a half blocks away at Wall Local Park, 5900 Executive Boulevard, N. Bethesda. Limited accessible parking is available on site.

CYCLING: There are bicycle lanes on either side of Old Georgetown Road, and bike racks are available at the Visitor Center. Please bring your own lock and do not bike on the path through the park.

TRANSIT: The Red Line Metro stop at North Bethesda is 0.6 miles away, and Ride On Route 26 has a stop within 50 yards of the Visitor Center.

You will begin your time in the visitor center where you will find indoor and outdoor interpretive exhibits, an eclectic museum shop, and an 80-person multipurpose theater featuring the 12-minute orientation film, My Name is Josiah Henson.

Continue to the historic Riley/Bolten House to explore the life of Josiah Henson from enslavement endured on the Riley plantation, to freedom in Dresden, Ontario as told in his own words-dramatically illustrated by artist Kyle Baker. While Henson’s story ends, the legacy of slavery does not. As such, we must address how the effects of the enslavement of African Americans still ripple through our society today.

Trace Reverend Henson’s footsteps to his final home in Ontario Canada. Visit Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History to learn more about Reverend Henson’s life and work at Dawn Settlement in Canada.

My hope is that people will come to understand who the Rev. Josiah Henson truly was, a man of tremendous strength, intelligence, loyalty, and of great faith. That individuals will walk away understanding the current use of “Uncle Tom” as a derogatory term is not at all who the real Uncle Tom was. The real Uncle Tom was a Hero, a family man, a man who risked his life on countless occasions by helping others escape slavery. A man to be Proud of. This platform will help to change the current narrative with so many and teach upcoming generations of his life and the many contributions he made to the US and Canada.

Mia M. LewisJosiah Henson’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter

Listen to Mia Anderson’s recent reflection on the Still Paying the Price: Reparations in Real Terms podcast:

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