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Healthy Communities Grant

Central District Health Department

Healthy Works

Sixty-seven and a half percent of the adult population in the Central District Health Department (CDHD) region is either overweight or obese. This statistic continues to worsen with time. Adding to this, many individuals are not consuming nutritious foods, including fruits and vegetables, at the level suggested to maintain a healthy body weight. The environment in which we live often supports the intake of high calorie food and beverages and can discourage the choice of healthier foods. A recently conducted community health assessment (MAPP-Mobilizing for Action through Planned Partnerships) identified the need to address obesity with a focus on lifestyle choices. “Healthy Works” is a project aimed to address this concern being delivered through Central District employers with the assistance of a community advisory group and local health department staff. The newly formed community advisory group will be comprised of a diverse group of community leaders. The project will take a community-supported approach to change the environment and policies in worksites related to foods being offered and served. Changes in the worksite food environment and support from area leaders will build capacity and sustainability in the project. The long-term impact of the project will reach beyond the boundaries of the worksite to Central Nebraska families. 

For more information, contact the NAFH staff at (402) 471-2101.

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