Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Weight of the Nation

Public Health encourages Jefferson County residents to watch the HBO documentary, “The Weight of the Nation.” The four-hour, four-part documentary gives the nation’s obesity crisis a face and sounds an alarm that is difficult to ignore. Obesity affects 36% of American adults and 17% of American children and leads to multiple negative health consequences. “To win,” says the series’ subtitle, “we have to lose.”

It is time to put knowledge into action. Here are some tips for encouraging healthy eating habits, also check out some other educational handouts about healthy eating under “N” for nutrition on our educational handout page.

Livewell Colorado is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. In addition to educating and inspiring people to make healthy choices, LiveWell Colorado focuses on policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that remove barriers and increase access to healthy behaviors. Check out the LiveWell Colorado web site and join the movement. The City of Wheat Ridge is one of the LiveWell Colorado communities. Check out some of the exciting work being done to transform 38th Avenue into a Safer, Pedestrian/Bicyclist-Friendly, Vibrant Main Street.

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