LiveWell Frederick presentation (6:45-7:15pm, January 24th, 2019, Natelli Room in the Urbana Public Library)
Every three years, health systems are required to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) study in collaboration with the local public health entity and community organizations. The most recent completed in 2016 identified obesity as a rising issue in Frederick County. A further analysis of data from Maryland shows that there are rising obesity rates among middle and high school children, and there is disparity among those rates with Hispanic and African American families. Our clinical leadership identified obesity as an initiative that we wanted to tackle from a community health improvement perspective, and we started to research evidence-based interventions to see what has been successful in other communities.
Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control published two sentinel studies on obesity and effective interventions. We selected a program that was piloted in the State of Maine, and has been widely adopted and adapted. The program is called 5-2-1-0, and it focuses on four healthy behaviors that can help individuals and families prevent or reduce obesity.
LiveWell Frederick (www.livewellfrederick.org) was launched by the FMH as a way to increase awareness and engagement in the 5-2-1-0 program, and also to serve as a potential vehicle for other community health improvement initiatives. To date, we have more than 17 engaged community partners and the goal is to increase public awareness, to encourage business to adopt the principles into their worksite wellness, and to collaborate with the school system to increase the practice of these behaviors in children.