Collaborative working to address obesity in county
LAPEER — As a result of the 2015 community needs assessment, the Lapeer County Community Collaborative identified top priorities that needed to be addressed within Lapeer County. One of those identified concerns was inadequate nutrition and a high obesity rate among children and adults.
In 2016, the Collaborative developed a Healthy Living workgroup and developed a series of classes, as well as a newsletter that was distributed primarily to low-income families. This year, they are continuing the Healthy Living classes, with one offered per month. Most classes are held from 7-8:30 p.m., and most of them are held at McLaren Lapeer Region in the Stone River Cafe. Registration is required by calling 810-667-0448.
Here is the list of 2017 classes, which anyone can attend to gain practical tools to help their family develop a healthy lifestyle:
• March 14 — Eating Smart While Eating Out. During National Nutrition Month, focus on making healthier food choices while eating out, and explore healthy alternative recipes for preparing restaurant-type foods at home.
• April 11 — Healthy Breakfast for Kids On the Go. Learn to make an easy and healthy breakfast for families on the go. Participants will also be able to make a smoothie using blender bicycles.
• May 9 — Grocery Shopping Tours. Learn to shop for healthy food on a budget. Find ingredients for a healthy meal for four that includes all food groups for $10. If you meet the shopping challenge, you take the food home.
• June 13 — How to Start a Walking Program. Watch an outside cooking demonstration at Rowden Park and learn how to increase physical activity and improve fitness through walking.
• July 12 — Discover the Lapeer Farmer’s Market. Go on a tour of the Historic Farmers Market of Lapeer and see a cooking demonstration utilizing farm fresh products.
• Aug. 8 — Heart Healthy Cooking. Learn fun ways to get your children involved in selecting and preparing fruits and vegetables, get some kid-friendly recipes and see a cooking demonstration.
• Sept. 12 — Quick and Healthy Meals and Snacks. Save time, save money and eat healthy with quick meal and snack ideas. This class will also include a cooking demonstration.
• Oct. 10 — An Apple a Day. Learn some easy changes you can make to your diet to improve your health. Learn about healthy fats and substitutes for fats in your cooking. This class will also include a cooking demonstration.
• Nov. 7 — The Incredible Squash. See a cooking demonstration and get some easy recipe ideas to help you include nutritious squashes in your meals.
• Dec. 5 — Getting Ready for a New Year and a New You. Learn about easy lifestyle changes you and your family can make for a healthy new year. The class will also include a cooking demonstration.
This program is supported by a grant from the Lapeer County Community Foundation.