Weight Management, Physical Activity, and Nutrition Work Group

What is Weight Management, Physical Activity, and Nutrition?

Weight management, physical activity and nutrition are three core factors in reducing a person’s risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. A person’s access to healthy foods, safe areas to exercise and education on healthy living can have a large impact on their health. Lifestyle and behavioral changes in the US over the past several decades (increased sedentariness, increased screen time, lack of walkability in neighborhoods, larger portion sizes, processed foods, etc.), have led to substantial increases in obesity and lack of physical activity. 

Childhood obesity increases the risk for several chronic diseases including type II diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease and depression during childhood as well as adulthood. Adults who are physically active and maintain a healthy diet are healthier and less likely to develop many chronic diseases than adults who are inactive. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age.

Weight Management


Greater Nashua Physical Activity, Weight Management, and Nutrition Work Group

Facilitators

Kim Adie - YMCA of Greater Nashua

Meeting Schedule

Please contact the work group facilitator for the up-to-date meeting schedule. 


Goals, Objectives, and Strategies

Goal

Increase the number of adolescents and adults in the healthy weight range in the GNPHR.

Objectives

1. Conduct a minimum of five educational opportunities per year organized by Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) member organizations related to healthy weight, the CDC’s physical activity recommendations, and nutrition education.

2. Engage in a minimum of five community awareness activities per year organized by Greater Nashua PHAC member organizations related to healthy weight, the CDC’s physical activity recommendations, and nutrition education.

3. Increase participation among adolescents and adults in food access programs (to decrease food insecurity) including but not limited to food pantries, Cooking Matters, Farm to School, Community Gardens, Free and Reduced Lunch, Backpack Programs, WIC, and Market Match from program

Suggested Strategies

  • Provide community education on the CDC’s physical activity recommendations, and nutrition education.
  • Implement marketing strategies, including ad campaigns.
  • Implement 5-2-1-0 Program to engage adolescents.
  • Provide “Prescribe the Y program” for children and adults.
  • Provide “Enhanced Fitness for Seniors” program.
  • Enhance partnership with Cooking Matters to provide cooking classes.
  • Implement Greater Nashua Food Council programs.


Event Tracking

The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services, Greater Nashua Public Health Network would like to congratulate and thank your organization for hosting an educational opportunity around physical activity, weight management, and nutrition (event, training, conference, etc.) in the Greater Nashua Region! Upon completion of your event, we request that you complete the Physical Activity, Weight Management, and Nutrition Event Tracking Form to assist us in tracking and evaluating health improvement activities within the region. 

If your event already required you to complete a tracking form, please feel free to skip this survey and send them directly to 2018.2021CHIP@gmail.com. If you have any questions about completing this survey, or in regards to the 2018-2021 Greater Nashua CHIP, please contact the work group facilitator. 


Work Plan

We are currently in the process of creating our work plan... check back soon!