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Did you know?
  • Adequate and appropriate nutrition is a cornerstone for preventing chronic disease and promoting vibrant health.
  • Diet in childhood, including breastfeeding, is especially important to maintaining appropriate weight.
  • Overweight youth are at risk for elevated cholesterol & triglycerides, diabetes, high BP, which are all are risk factors for heart attack and stroke.1245
  • Today’s children may be the first generation to NOT outlive their parents.
Statistics and Facts
  • Nationally, over 2/3 of the adult population is overweight or obese.
  • Wisconsin ranks 12th in overall prevalence of national obesity (2008).
  • The rate of Wisconsin adult obesity increased from 20 percent to 26 percent from 2000 to 2008 (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Track 2010).
  • Approximately one in five children are overweight or obese by the time they reach their 6th birthday, and over half of obese children become overweight around age 2.
  • Statistics for Lincoln County children (2008-2009):
  • 18% students K-12 were overweight or obese
  • 25% of male students, ages 7,11, and 14 were overweight or obese
  • 29% female students, age 13 were overweight or obese
  • Overweight results from an energy imbalance: eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity.
  • In 2009, <23% of adults and 19% of adolescents eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day.
  • 63% of adults and 84% of adolescents consume at least one sugar-sweetened beverage each day.
What we know that works
  • Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
  • Decrease Sweetened Beverage Consumption
  • Increase Physical Activity
  • Decrease TV and Other “Screen” Time
  • Increase Breastfeeding
Goal 1: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will have access to healthy foods.
Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:
  • Determine a baseline of current policies and environmental standards in place with regards to access of quality foods in schools, health care, community organizations, community at large and worksites.
  • Community stakeholders will understand the best practices for policies and environmental standards regarding access to quality foods.
  • Agencies will offer healthy vending machine options.
  • Daycares and schools will adopt a healthy snack policy.
  • Community stakeholders will develop, implement, and promote community gardens.
  • Lincoln County residents will increase their understanding on what are nutritious foods and how to process fresh foods through cooking and/or preserving.
  • Coalition members will complete training on grant writing to promote opportunities to acquire available grants targeting improved nutrition.
  • Point of Purchase campaign will be developed and implemented to increase knowledge and skills on purchasing healthier food options (restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores).
Goal 2: By 2017, more youth in Lincoln County will have a healthy weight.
Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:
  • Promote formation of a multidisciplinary school health council in Merrill and Tomahawk school districts, to examine and promote best practices for schools, including promoting healthy weights.
  • Screen annually for overweight/obesity in the schools.
  • Develop a protocol for school response to unhealthy BMIs, collaborating with area medical providers and school nurses.
  • Develop educational tools and resources for families regarding healthy weights and appropriate nutrition and physical activity.
  • Implementation of evidence-based programs to promote healthier lifestyles in families.

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