Healthy People Taylor County

Healthy People Taylor County

A Community Health Plan

Adequate & Appropriate Nutrition: Overweight, Obesity & Lack of Physical Activity

Background

Spending time with children is good for physical and mental health.Lifestyle changes need to occur not only in the home, but in communities and worksites as well. Communities need to retool their environments and provide walking and biking trails, parks, and recreational facilities. Worksites are an important venue to address nutrition and physical activity issues and help employees reduce risk factors that contribute to chronic disease. Healthier employees are more productive. Employees with more risk factors, including being overweight and smoking, cost employers more to insure for health care than people with fewer risk factors.

Click here to check out the Wellness Coalition’s website.

An employee wellness program can raise awareness so employees with fewer risk factors remain in a lower-cost group. A program also can encourage employees with health risk factors to make lifestyle changes, to seek help for mental health problems and to improve their quality of life and lower costs. The payoff in dollars as well as in quality of life can have a big impact on a company’s bottom line. The average cost/benefit ratio for wellness programs based on a summary of 28 articles was $3.48 saved per $1 invested. Healthier employees are more productive. This has been demonstrated in factory settings and  office environments in which workers with workplace wellness initiatives miss less work. Presenteeism, in which employees are physically present on the job but are not at their most productive or effective, is reduced in workplaces that have wellness programs.

Click here to view our list of physical activity opportunities in Taylor County.

It’s easy to integrate wellness in your workplace or organization! The Wellness Coalition of Taylor County is committed to forming partnerships with community organizations, and businesses to develop, support, and integrate new and existing wellness initiatives.

Click here to download the WCTC brochure for more information.

Rarely does a day go by without a news report on obesity and its complications. Obesity rates have increased at alarming rates over the past 20 years. The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older (over 6 million people), are obese. This increase is not limited to adults. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens 6-19 years of age, 16 percent (over 9 million young people), are considered overweight. Obesity has been labeled a public health epidemic. Overweight and obesity and their associated health problems also have a significant economic impact.

Regular physical activity makes important contributions to health and well being and helps to assure a healthy weight. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of certain chronic disease including high blood pressure, stroke, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, and osteoporosis.

Data

Data for Taylor County Healthy People Plan Priority One Data for Taylor County Healthy People Plan Priority One

 Data for Taylor County Healthy People Plan Priority One

According to the Department of Health Services:

  • During 2002-2006, diseases attributed to obesity, overweight, lack of physical activity, or inappropriate nutrition caused 38% of deaths to Taylor County residents.
  • During 2002-2006, the Taylor County age-adjusted mortality rate with cerebrovascular disease, (stroke), listed as the primary cause of death was 53.1 per 100,000. This is higher, and compares with the Wisconsin age-adjusted mortality rate of 49.3 per 100,000 and with the national age-adjusted mortality rate goal of 48.0 per 100,000.

In 2007, the Taylor County Health Department surveyed over 780 residents for their opinions on health conditions and health priorities that have an impact on their lives.

  • 88 % of those residents agreed with the statement “People in Taylor County are overweight.”
  • 85 % of those residents agreed with the statement “People in Taylor County don’t exercise enough.”
  • 65 % of those residents agreed with the statement “People in Taylor County don’t get adequate nutrition from their daily diets.”

Objectives

Focus Areas: Healthier Lifestyles

Primary Goals:

  • Taylor County worksites will provide an environment that fosters healthy lifestyles including promoting healthy food choices and encouraging regular exercise.
  • Taylor County restaurants will provide healthy options on their menus; community events (fairs, festivals, service club outing, sports venues), will offer healthy eating options; and retail food stores will provide ongoing information on healthy menu planning.
  • Taylor County community gardens and farmers markets will provide nutritional information and health options at their locations.
  • Residents of Taylor County, through the increase of regular physical activity and healthy eating habits, will reduce the morbidity and mortality from the impact of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

Objective #1: By December 31, 2013, 10 Taylor County worksites will implement one or more initiatives from the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Worksite Wellness Resource Kit.

Baseline: New Initiative

OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

By December 31, 2009

  • Assure Taylor County CHIPs members are part of the Taylor County Wellness Committee.
  • Survey Taylor County worksites to determine what is in place and to determine which worksites may participate.
  • Collaborate with the Medford Chamber of Commerce and other Taylor County organizations to develop a recognition award for worksites.

By December 31, 2011

  • Identify organizations that can help promote the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Worksite Wellness Resource Kit to Taylor County worksites.
  • Identify Taylor County worksites that will participate in piloting initiatives from the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Worksite Wellness Resource Kit.
  • Identify and pilot strategies that encourage Taylor County worksites to offer incentives for their employees that adopt healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Identify and pilot physical activity strategies employees can implement at Taylor County worksites including stretching and exercises they can do during their breaks in their workday.

By December 31, 2013

  • Convene organizations that can help promote the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Worksite Wellness Resource Kit to Taylor County worksites and assist in implementing initiatives from the resource kit.
  • Implement and promote strategies that encourage Taylor County worksites to offer incentives for their employees that adopt healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Implement and promote physical activity strategies employees can implement at Taylor County worksites including stretching and exercises they can do during their breaks in their workday.
  • Publish a brochure that highlights worksites that have implemented healthy lifestyles and the types of strategies they offer to their employees.

Objective #2: By December 31, 2013, five Taylor County venues, such as restaurants, community events, and retail food stores will offer healthy selections.

Baseline: New Initiative

OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

By December 31, 2009:

  • Survey and identify restaurants, community events, and retail food stores that offer healthy choice options, with ingredients on menus, at events and healthy menu planning.
  • Collaborate with the Medford Chamber of Commerce and other Taylor County organizations to develop a recognition award for restaurants, community events, and retail food stores.

By December 31, 2011:

  • Identify and develop programs defining healthy choices for restaurants, community events, and retail food stores.
  • Identify and develop strategies that encourage restaurants, community events, and retail food stores in offering healthy choice options with ingredients on menus, at events, and healthy menu planning.

By December 31, 2012:

  • Implement and promote programs on healthy choices for restaurants, community events, and retail food stores.
  • Implement and promote strategies that encourage restaurants, community events, and retail food stores in offering healthy choice options with ingredients on menus, at events and healthy menu planning.

By December 31, 2013:

  • Publish a brochure that highlights restaurants, community events and retail food stores that offer healthy choices and provide nutritional information.

Objective #3: By December 31, 2013, Taylor County community gardens and farmers markets will provide nutritional information to participants.

Baseline: New Initiative

OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

By December 31, 2010:

  • Survey and identify where community gardens and farmers markets are in Taylor County.
  • Identify and develop programs on nutrition, healthy recipes, and physical activity for the community.
  • Identify and develop programs on how to properly store, freeze or can summer and fall produce for future use in meal planning.
  • Identify and develop specific strategies for populations impacted by obesity and poor nutrition.

By December 31, 2012:

  • Identify and develop programs on the benefits of the healthy food choices provided at community garden and farmers market.
  • Identify and develop strategies on pertinent nutritional information for products commonly available in community gardens and farmers markets.
  • Identify and develop strategies so nutritional information displayed at community gardens and farmers markets are readily available.
  • Implement and promote programs on nutrition, healthy recipes, and physical activity for the community.
  • Implement and promote programs on how to properly store, freeze or can summer and fall produce for future use in meal planning.
  • Implement and promote strategies for populations impacted by obesity and poor nutrition.

By December 31, 2013:

  • Implement and promote programs on the benefits of the healthy food choices provided at community gardens and farmers markets.
  • Provide nutritional information at community gardens and farmers markets.

Objective #4: By December 31, 2013, two new physical activity opportunities available in Taylor County will be promoted and published.

OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

By December 31, 2009:

  • Survey organizations (i.e. service clubs, schools, government agencies), and identify available biking, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and walking trails in Taylor County, including county, federal, and state forest areas.
  • Survey organizations (i.e. service clubs, schools, government agencies), and identify physical activity options in urban and rural areas of Taylor County.
  • Survey community organizations, and identify physical activity options at community sites in Taylor County.
  • Survey and identify hotels that offer open swimming.

By December 31, 2011:

  • Identify what type and where exercise classes for senior citizens are available.
  • Identify gyms, martial art classes, yoga instruction, dance classes, recreational activities, and physical activity classes in Taylor County.
  • Identify and develop strategies for family centered activities.
  • Identify and develop strategies to implement “Walk and Bike to Work” programs.

By December 31, 2013:

  • Develop additional biking, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and walking trails in Taylor County, including county, federal, and state forest areas.
  • Increase the number of physical activity options in urban and rural areas of Taylor County.
  • Collaborate with schools and increase hours of operation for schools to allow community access to physical activity facilities.
  • Increase the number of physical activity options, such as indoor/outdoor walking at community sites.
  • Identify, develop, and increase hotels that offer open swimming.
  • Increase the number of strategies for family centered activities.
  • Promote “Walk and Bike to Work” programs.
  • Promote and increase exercise classes for senior citizens.
  • Promote and increase the number of gyms, martial art classes, yoga instruction, dance classes, recreational activities, and physical activity classes available in Taylor County.

Physical Activity Opportunities in Taylor County

The following information is provided to residents and visitors to Taylor County as a resource for you to enjoy the many opportunities for physical activity. The activities listed may potentially have some fee associated with it but there are many activities you can enjoy at no cost.

This information was compiled from many different resources. Please contact the Taylor County Health Department at 748-1410 for any additions, changes or corrections to this booklet to be completed with future reprints of this document.

Download the following information in booklet form for easy distribution:

Taylor County Opportunities for Physical Activities (1.1 MB Acrobat Reader required)

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Get Outdoors, Get Active, Be HealthyThe benefits of Physical Activity include:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

If you’re not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you’re afraid of getting hurt check with your medical provider.

Resources – Websites

Mind Body Spirit Yoga and Wellness
mindbodyspirityogaandwellness.com

Strong Women Strength Training Program
Click here to learn more

Medford Senior High School _ Pool, Gym and Weight room schedules
Click here to view calendar

Price-Taylor Rail Trail
http://www.co.taylor.wi.us/visitors/rail_trail.pdf

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource-Natural Lands-Taylor County
http://www.dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/sna/bycountylist.htm#TAYLOR

Camp Forest Springs
http://www.campforestsprings.org/

Medford Therapy and Fitness
http://www.memhc.com/ourServices/index.cfm?catID=1&subCatID=8&pageID=60

MRC Sportsman Club
http://mrcsportsmansclub.com/

Taylor Made ATV Club
http://www.taylormadeatv.com/

Chequamegon Wildlife and Recreation Club
http://cwrclub.com/

Taylor County Sportsman’s Club
http://tcsportsman.com 

Chequamegon Bird Club
http://chequamegonbirdclub.org/

Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Club
http://www.skiriblake.com/

Taylor County Campsites
http://www.medfordwis.com/taylor_county_campsites.htm

Gilman Area Tourism
http://www.gilmanwi.com/tourism.html

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Taylor County Lakes
http://www.dnr.wi.gov/lakes/maps/DNR/taylor.htm

Ice Age Trails-Taylor County
http://www.iceagetrail.org

Perkinstown Winter Sports Area
http://www.medfordwis.com/perkinstown_winter_sports_area.htm

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Campground, Wilderness Areas Trails and Tours, Fishing Information Visitor Centers
http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf/

Gilman, Wisconsin
http://www.gilmanwi.com

Medford, Wisconsin
http://www.medfordwis.com/

Rib Lake, Wisconsin
http://www.riblakewisconsin.com/

Center for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/index.html

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/physicalactivity/index.htm

Did you know that…

  • Wisconsin’s obesity rate ranked 16th highest in the country in 2006.
  • Obesity in adults is associated with many chronic diseases and poor health outcomes.
  • Obesity is placing an economic strain on the healthcare system.
  • Many Wisconsin children and adolescents are also affected by overweight or obesity.
  • Children and adolescents are increasingly being diagnosed with adult illnesses.

This information is from: Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity in Wisconsin Executive Summary http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/