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    Jefferson County Public Health along with numerous public health and other organizations across the country are working to encourage healthier eating and active living. Getting active and eating healthy is paramount to achieving a healthier weight and minimizing the negative health consequences of being overweight or obese. Spurred by sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets, it is now estimated that more than 1/3 of American adults are obese and 17% of all children and adolescents are obese in the United States.

    Jefferson County's most challenging health problems - including obesity, chronic diseases, and widening health inequities - are driven by such things as the built environment; transportation options; access to food; and educational and economic opportunities. In order to address these complex problems and improve the public's health, it is necessary to ensure that all policies in all sectors promote health. (Health in all Policies)

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    Working together to create environments that support healthy living:

    • Healthy People Healthy Places Jefferson County is a collaboration of health partners, individuals and organizations in the county committed to implementing a Community Health Improvement Plan.
    • Convergence Partnership is a national collaborative of funders in the United States whose goal of policy and environmental change will help reinvent communities. The Partnership aims to strengthen and accelerate multi-field, equity-focused efforts among practitioners, policymakers, funders, and advocates to create environments that support healthy people living in healthy places. 
    • Active Living by Design Active Living By Design (ALBD) creates community-led change by working with local and national partners to build a culture of active living and healthy eating. ALBD was established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2001. 

    Health in all Policies Makes Sense . . . Non-Traditional Partners Make Eating Healthier and Active Living Possible for Everyone

    Land Use: Cities’ land use tools of planning, zoning, and infrastructure investment can have a positive effect on residents’ health.
    Access to everyday physical activity such as walking and biking, availability of open space for recreation, close proximity of healthy food choices to residential areas – all depend on good land use policies.


    Healthy Foods: Communities have powerful planning, economic development and public relations tools for attracting and supporting healthy food retailers. Produce fairs, farmers markets, community gardens and school gardens are examples.

    All of Jefferson County Public Health's programs work to promote active living and healthy eating. Here are just a few examples.

    Working Definitions:

    What is Active Living?

    Active Living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. The goal is to accumulate at least 30 minutes of activity each day. Individuals may achieve this by walking or bicycling for transportation, exercise or pleasure; playing in the park; working in the yard; taking the stairs; and using recreation facilities. (Jefferson County Public Health uses the definitions developed by Active Living by Design)

    The basic guiding principles for creating an active living community are:

    • Current Environment: the design and maintenance of the built environment and transportation networks must make it safe and attractive for people to walk or bicycle;
    • Policies & Planning: planning documents, municipal ordinances and development review processes assist decision-makers to create a community vision that includes walking and bicycling; and
    • Programs & Promotion: education and outreach in schools, neighborhoods, and worksites are essential to encourage people to participate in physical activity

    What is Healthy Eating?

    Healthy Eating is a way of life and is influenced by what we eat, how much we eat and how it is prepared.

    • What we eat: Healthy food should be moderate in calories and nutrient dense (rich in vitamins and minerals).
      Examples: fresh, frozen and canned (in fruit juice or water) fruits and vegetables; low-fat and fat-free dairy products; lean and extra-lean meats, poultry and fish; whole grains; foods low in sugar, sodium and fat.
    • How much we eat: Healthy eating includes eating appropriate portion sizes and balancing how often foods are eaten.
    • How it is prepared: Healthy eating involves choosing foods that are prepared using healthy cooking methods, and without the addition of extra calories, fat, sodium and sugar.
      Examples: baking, broiling, grilling, poaching and steaming; limiting full-fat or high-fat dressings, gravies, sauces, spreads and syrups.

    Specific dietary recommendations should be tailored to individual needs, which may be influenced by factors such as gender, activity level, ideal weight, health status and more.

    The basic dietary principles for healthy eating are:

    • Balance food and beverage choices with physical activity;
    • Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products; and
    • Avoid too many empty calories (food of minimal nutritional value, highly-processed sweets and snacks that are high in sodium, sugar and saturated fat).