Obesity

Significant Health Need

Healthy Body: Obesity/Overweight- County Health Rankings show that nearly 1/3 of the total adult population in the three counties assessed was obese in 2014. Among the three counties, EC’s rate is higher than IN. All 3 counties as well as state have a higher percentage of adult obesity than the national rate. According to the Indiana Youth Institute, 1 in 3 children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese (33.9%), 5.7% of children ages 10-17 are underweight. According to WIC, by 2017, 13.5% of children between 2-5 years of age who are part of the program were obese. Obesity rates in 2017 for EC (14.5%), MC (15.2%) and SJC (14.3%) are higher than IN.

Priority Focus 1: Improve nutritional, physical activity and weight-related outcomes of children.

Priority Focus 2: Increase parent/guardian engagement in promoting health/wellness and academic learning.

Priority Focus 3: Decrease the number of diabetic/pre-diabetic children and adults.

Programs

A digital program teaching kids about food groups, food choices, portion control, and My Plate....

Un programa en español enfocado en la prevención y detección temprana de enfermedades a través de la educación....

This program targets nutrition.  The goal is for parents to leave the workshop feeling more empowered to make healthy choices for their families while also knowing that this is possible within a very constrained budget. Subsequently, we hope that parents will continue to make consistently......

Neighborhood-based Community Health Worker program to build relationships and support the well-being of families by reducing exposure to health hazards, specifically asthma triggers and lead poisoning....

Unity Gardens Food and Fun Immersion included programs and activities designed to enhance community garden experience and connection with fresh produce....

Michiana VegFest, Inc. in conjunction with Beacon Community Impact will engage members of the community who are struggling with their weight and health issues.  Through education about the benefits of transitioning to plant-based eating participants will see a reduction in their weight and BMI along......