New Lenawee County Program Is Taking Healthy Food On The Road
posted on: 10/18/2013
ADRIAN, Mich., Aug. 16, 2013 – Lenawee County residents will have easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to a new community health program offered by ProMedica Bixby Hospital and the Lenawee Health Network (LHN).
Starting Aug. 19, a Veggie Mobile will begin making stops at the following senior centers and community locations throughout the county:
Customers will be able to purchase fresh produce from area farmer’s markets and local producers. The Veggie Mobile is being funded through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
According to a LHN community health assessment, the county’s overall adult obesity rate was 37 percent compared to 32 percent for Michigan and 28 percent for the United States. For adolescents, the obesity rate in Lenawee County was 15 percent compared to 12 percent for the state and the country. The assessment was conducted in 2011 and surveyed adults ages 19 and older, youth ages 12 – 18, and children up to 11 years of age through parents and educators.
Based on the information provided by the health assessment, LHN identified three main focus areas with the overall goal of achieving an increase of one-third in the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoiding risky behaviors. Those three focus areas include: healthy eating and physical activity, supporting healthy choices and access to health care.
“Increasing the percentage of Lenawee residents who meet the federal recommendations of eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day to be at or above the state average, is one of our key objectives when it comes to promoting healthier lifestyles,” says Anne Barton, chairperson of the LHN and administrative director of Quality at ProMedica Bixby and Herrick Hospitals.
LHN was established in 2011 when a group of community organizations formed a collaborative to improve the health and well-being of Lenawee County residents.
For more information about the Veggie Mobile, please contact Dana Harrison at 517-265-0167.
ProMedica Bixby Hospital is a member of Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica, a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 14,400 employees and nearly 1,700 physicians – with more than 450 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 310 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.