At GCHD we are working to improve nutrition standards and increase access to healthy food choices for our residents. By increasing local healthy food access we can improve the health of Grant County residents and the broader health of the communities in which they live.
Did you know?
- 36.5% of adults are obese in the United States
- 27.8% of adults are obese in Washington State
- About 35% of adults are obese in Grant County
How healthy is Grant County?
- 3rd highest ranking for obesity in all Washington State counties
- 10% of adults in Grant County are diabetic
- More adults are obese in Grant County than the state average
- Grant County’s measure of adult obesity is getting worse
What we are doing to improve Grant County’s health
GCHD works with local schools, community organizations, and government agencies to create healthy environments. Here are some ways the Healthy Communities Department is working towards improving healthy eating:
- Healthy Beginnings: This project focuses on reducing childhood obesity in 2-5 year olds throughout local communities through clinical and community strategies.
- Healthy Cafeterias: Increasing the number of healthy options in local hospital cafeterias.
- Moses Lake Breastfeeding Coalition: Working to identify businesses and organizations that will provide breastfeeding moms with a private location to breastfeed their babies.
- Healthy Retail: We are working with local grocery retailers to create ways for increasing ease and efficiency of weighing produce and calculating price prior to customer checkout.
- SNAP Match: By accepting SNAP (EBT/food stamps) and offering the Market Match program, we aim to decrease the access barriers to fresh, healthy food! Currently, the SNAP Match program is available at the Moses Lake and Ephrata Farmers Market.
Healthy Eating at Different Ages
Making a lifestyle change isn’t always easy, but eating healthy and teaching our children how to eat healthy can create a lasting effect and improve the overall health of our community.
- Infants: Breastfeeding provides all a baby’s nutritional needs for about the first 6 months. Introduction of healthy, solid foods are encouraged between 6- 12 months.
- Toddlers: Foods that a toddler will eat can vary daily. Encourage them to try bites, and let them keep trying new healthy foods to figure out exactly what it is a toddler likes.
- Children: Children require optimal nutrition in order for their bodies and brains to develop. Promoting healthy eating during these growing years can help develop lifelong healthy habits.
- Teenagers: Building healthy eating habits during teenage years can be instrumental when entering adulthood.
- Adults: Maintaining healthy eating habits as bodies change over time, can provide many benefits to feel and look better for both men and women.
- Older adults: Eating habits can change as a body ages; healthy eating can help maintain a sense of well-being, play a role in the way they feel, and impact overall health.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Special nutritional needs are needed when pregnant or breastfeeding for mom and baby to stay healthy. Click here to learn more information on what healthy foods to eat and what to avoid during pregnancy.
Creating a healthy food environment at work can reduce the burden of worker healthcare costs by helping workers overcome unhealthy habits and obesity. Here are a few important strategies to ensuring a happier, healthier and more productive workforce:
- Healthy vending machines
- Healthy food and beverage choices:
- Lactation stations
- Access to water
- Alternative to food awards
- Healthy workplace cafeterias
- Creating nutrition standards and policies
Healthy Eating Tips & Resources
- Start with small changes: Building healthy eating habits overtime with small changes can improve your health now and in the future.
- Meal planning, budgeting, and preparing: Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time consuming and expensive.
- Recipes, cookbooks, and menus: Hundreds of easy, cost-friendly, and healthy recipes that tastes great.
- Understand Nutrition Facts Label: By becoming familiar and using this label effectively, you can begin to make easy, quick, and more informed food choices for a daily healthy diet.
- Healthy food choices in multiple languages available
Questions? Contact the Healthy Communities Department at 509-766-7690