Go Healthy West Piedmont is a CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) grant initiative of the West Piedmont Health District to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. As residents of our communities consume more fresh, nutritious foods, engage in increased physical activity, and participate in lifestyle change programs, the expected outcome is reduced rates of obesity and diabetes. Through medication adherence and increased use of self-monitoring techniques, we also look forward to seeing our communities demonstrate improved blood pressure control leading to reduced death and disability rates from heart disease and stroke.
At 366 pounds, Hazel White decided she was ready to change her lifestyle, lose weight and throw away her walker. She joined TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) began to count calories, aiming for about 300 calories per meal. Fruits and veggies have become her friend. She also joined the YMCA and enjoys the water aerobics class several times a week. So far, Hazel has lost 80 pounds and plans to continue her healthy lifestyle until she loses another 100 pounds.
-- Hazel White
Developing the habit of eating at home can be life changing for families and individuals. With a focus on nutrition, home cooked meal can result in delicious food with improved nutrition while being much lighter on the pocketbook. And there's no better time to spend quality time with the family.