CALL TO ACTION

Our community faces two nutrition related-problems.  First, is the high rate of overweight and obesity within Escambia and Santa Rosa. The second problem is the issue of hunger and difficulty obtaining sufficient healthy foods due to cost or distance to a grocery store.  This second problem is also referred to as food insecurity. 

Eat Well is a call to action to our community to:

We all know that eating too much food or eating the wrong type of foods can cause weight gain.  Most of us also realize that there is a direct link between being overweight and a higher occurrence of many health problems such as heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and breast cancer.   Unfortunately, approximately 60% of local residents fall into the overweight or obese category.  Not surprisingly, we also have higher rates than the rest of Florida and the US of many of nutrition-related chronic diseases.

If our community is to reduce obesity, we must take the following actions:

Eat healthier, including

o   Eating at least 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables and

o   Eliminating sugar-added drinks

Be more physically active, including

o   Limiting recreational TV, computer, and video game time to no more than 2 hours a day and

o   Increasing physical activity to 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes for children

START TO EAT WELL TODAY:

+ Everyone

Smart steps you can do to live healthier

  • Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day; 8 to 10 is even better
  • Substitute water or low-fat milk for sugar-added drinks
  • Make drinking water more flavorful by adding citrus slices, cucumber or even herbs
  • Reduce portion sizes at home by eating on smaller plates or filling half of plate with low calorie vegetables
  • When eating out, automatically request a to-go box and take half of it home
  • Track what you eat in a food diary – those who do lose much more weight

+ Workplace

Employers can support healthy behaviors during the 1/3 of our life we spend at work

  • Make healthy foods available in vending machines
  • Eliminate sugar-added beverages from vending machines
  • Eliminate snacks and sweets from meetings or substitute fruits and nuts
  • Provide a clean, private space for mothers to pump breast milk
  • Start a worksite garden with employees sharing in planting, tending, & harvesting produce
  • Offer a class on healthy eating with a cooking demo and tasting
  • Start a weight-loss competition with prizes for most pounds or percentage lost

+ Places of Worship

Faith communities can help congregants achieve better physical as well as spiritual health

  • Substitute baked chicken for fried chicken and encourage other healthy foods at church suppers
  • Eliminate sugar-added beverages from vending machines as well as church suppers
  • Host a faith-based weight loss program and include diet discussion in sermons or church bulletin
  • If you operate a preschool, participate in 5-2-1-0
  • Start a community garden with congregants sharing in planting, tending, & harvesting produce
  • Host a cooking demonstration on healthy eating or buying health foods on a budget
  • Start a weight-loss competition with prizes for most pounds or percentage lost
  • Sponsor a church cookbook with healthy recipes

+ Education

The healthy habits we teach children today will stay with them for a lifetime

  • Eliminate all unhealthy foods from vending machines or eliminate vending machines
  • Eliminate sugar-added beverages from vending machines and cafeterias
  • Adopt policies that discourage the use of foods as a reward
  • Adopt policies that prohibit the sale of low nutritional quality food and beverages on school property
  • Start a school garden with staff, students and families sharing in planting, tending, & harvesting produce
  • Host a speaker to talk to parents and teachers about healthy eating

+ Community

Activities to be addressed by Live Well Partnership’s Roadmap to Wellness

  • Encourage community residents to reduce the amount of sugar-added drinks they consume
  • Expand 5-2-1-0 education in schools and child care centers
  • Encourage employers to participate in the CDC’s Worksite Health Score Card initiative
 

RESOURCES

APPS

  • Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal – iPhone and Android
  • Diet Hero – iPhone only, free until Jan 1, 2017
  • Fooducate – iPhone and Android
  • iPhone Health App – iPhone only
  • Lose It Weight Loss App – iPhone and Android
  • MyPlate Calorie Tracker – iPhone only
  • Nutrients – iPhone only
  •  Pact – iPhone and Android
  • Weight Watchers App – iPhone and Android

ORGANIZATIONS

CDC

  • Numerous articles, tools, and tips for achieving a healthy weight

Extension Service – Escambia County      850-475-5230

  • Nutrition information and tips
  • Nutrition education

Extension Service - Santa Rosa County    850-623-3868        

  •  Nutrition information and tips
  •  Nutrition education

Florida Department of Health – Escambia County        

  • WIC – nutrition education, healthy food at no cost, breastfeeding help     850-595-6670
  • Healthy Choices Restaurants           850-595-6500, Extension 1801
  • 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go         850-595-6500, Extension 1801
  • Worksite Wellness 850-595-6500, Extension 1801
  • Diabetes prevention

Florida Department of Health – Santa Rosa County     850-983-5200

  • WIC – nutrition education, healthy food at no cost, breastfeeding help     850-983-5250
  •  Healthy Lifestyles Toolkit
  • School health          
  • 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go and We Can, Children’s Activity & Nutrition  
  • Diabetes prevention

    Florida Department of Agriculture

    •  Nutrition and other resources for schools
    • School gardens

    FruitsandVeggiesMoreMatters.org

    • Healthy recipes, meal planning, tips for parents, and more

      National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute

      • We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition