Residents of Schuyler County are eating better and moving more thanks to Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Schuyler provided by Schuyler Hospital and its partners. To address the county’s high rates of obesity in children and adults, HEAL Schuyler has implemented more than 15 programs with various community partners that increase physical activity and healthy eating.
Schuyler Hospital’s employee wellness initiative “Biggest Loser” and free community walking program “Schuyler Steps Out” encourages staff and the community to lose weight and be more active. HEAL Schuyler also provides information about walking and hiking trails throughout the county. Other initiatives include holding “Active Living Every Day” classes and training healthcare providers to talk with patients about their weight.
HEAL Schuyler points to a 27% decrease of adult obesity in the county over five years. Success is also being measured among youth with a reported decrease of 10% in obese or overweight elementary school students and an 11% decrease for middle and high school students.