Contact: Nicole Armendariz
WAUKESHA, WI – Waukesha County residents are encouraged to participate in Live Well Waukesha County, an initiative to address two of the community’s most prevalent health issues: nutrition and physical fitness. The Live Well initiative consists of two programs to address these issues; Move Well Waukesha County will offer free physical fitness events, and Eat Well Waukesha County offers free nutrition resources. Residents are invited to join the challenge, track their progress, and learn about events and activities online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/livewell.
Live Well Waukesha County is an outcome of the 2017- 2018 Community Health Improvement Plan and Process (CHIPP). Recent survey results found that 70% of adult residents in Waukesha County are overweight or obese, and less than half of them meet recommended nutrition and physical activity goals. The overall goals are to:
- Increase the percent of adults who consume the recommended 3+ vegetables/day from 25% to 30% by the end of 2021
- Increase the percent of adults who meet the recommended moderate or vigorous activity levels from 46% to 50% by the end of 2021
- Reduce the percent of adults who are overweight or obese with a BMI of 25+ from 70+% to 68% by the end of 2021
Move Well Waukesha County addresses fitness needs by providing free physical activities in four communities: the City of Oconomowoc, the Village of Menomonee Falls, the City of Waukesha, and the Village of Mukwonago. Four community wellness walks are scheduled to kick off the program;
- April 25th – Sunset/Candlelight Hike at Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha 7:30-9:00 pm
- April 29th – Lake Country Trail Hike at Roosevelt Park, Oconomowoc 5:30-7:30 pm
- May 3rd – Sunset/Candlelight Hike at Menomonee Park, Menomonee Falls 7:00-9:00 pm
- May 10th – Sunset/Candlelight Hike at Mukwonago Park, Mukwonago 7:30-9:00 pm
Other Move Well events will include a Fit in the Parks series this summer and a Winter Wellness series.
Eat Well Waukesha County addresses nutritional needs, and will highlight a locally available crop each month to help the community learn more about healthy, seasonal, whole-foods, in partnership with ProHealth Care and the Washington/Ozaukee Public Health Department.