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Loup Basin Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)

The Loup Basin Public Health Department and MAPP focus groups have identified adolescent health as a top priority for the district, sighting indicators such as poverty, access to healthy foods at school, and limited opportunities for physical activity as threats to the health of the area’s youth. To address this issue, Loup Basin Public Health Department is seizing the opportunity to impact the health of the students and school staff in the district through a Loup Basin Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Action and Nutrition). The health department is currently working with several schools, the Nebraska Department of Education and UNL Extension Educators in the coordinated school health approach. These partnerships need to be expanded into more schools in the region, as Youth Behavioral Risk Survey data indicate that 40% of high school girls describe themselves as overweight, the proportion of adolescents who engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes in Nebraska is not meeting the 2010 objective, and 18.3% of LBPHD high school students use spit tobacco. The Loup Basin Project LEAN initiative will address concerns surrounding nutrition (healthy weight), physical activity, and tobacco use as well as the growing threat of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which have a negative effect on the health of adolescents.

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

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