Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Current Situation - Inadequate exercise, poor nutrition, and increased weight are risk factors that are linked to many health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many types of cancer. These issues affect individuals throughout Allen Country regardless of gender, age or socioeconomic status. In Allen County, individuals with incomes less than $25,000 are more likely to be obese.
Key Data Points
Opportunities for Improvement
* The following map shows the areas of Allen County that have been identified as Food Deserts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
What is being done in our Community?
Activate Allen County - Allen County was the only county in Ohio to be awarded a Small Community Transformation Grant (SCTG) in the 2012 funding cycle. With activities beginning in the Fall of 2012, two of the focuses of this grant include improving nutrition and active living in Allen county residents through policy, system and environmental changes.
Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) - Through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health, the Allen County Health Department's CHC program also works to improve physical activity and nutrition in schools, worksites and the community through policy, system and environmental changes.
Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force - In the summer of 2012, a group convened to determine how to make Allen County more Bike and Pedestrian friendly. In January 2013, the Allen County Commissioners adopted a resolution recognizing the group as an official Allen County Task Force.