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Two Rivers Public Health Department

Working for Wellness

More than one-quarter of adults in the Two Rivers Public Health Department (TRPHD) district (26.3 percent) are considered obese (BMI of 30.0 or higher); an additional 39.9 percent of adults are classified as overweight (BMI of 25.0-29.9). One-fourth of all surveyed adults in the district (25 percent) admitted that they had not participated in any leisure-time physical activity outside of work in the past month. Just over half of adults (52 percent) reported engaging in the recommended level of moderate and/or vigorous physical activity in a usual week, and less than one-fifth (16.9 percent) consumed five or more servings of fruits and/or vegetables per day. These alarming statistics are proven to contribute to high incidences of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer, driving TRPHD and its Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) partners to persist in their efforts to lower overweight and obesity rates and help TRPHD residents lead healthy lifestyles.

Working for Wellness is a pilot program that will assist local businesses and workplaces in establishing worksite wellness programs. It will provide those businesses’ designated staff and wellness team members with appropriate training and resources to enable and empower them to incorporate evidence-based worksite wellness programs, tailored to the staff, budget, and other needs of participating businesses in the seven counties within the TRPHD district. The program will work with businesses and workplaces to address cognitive skills, policy and environmental changes regarding healthy nutrition, physical activity, and health assessment monitoring. Once employees embrace healthy lifestyle choices, the health climate at work will reflect their new awareness. Environmental and policy changes made by employers and employees will have a long-term impact on the lifestyle choices of their families and the community as a whole.

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

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