BY KIRSTEN BARNHART
DHI Media Staff Writer
WERT – Van Wert County Hospital and the Live Healthy Van Wert
initiative are doing their part to lead families to a healthier
lifestyle. The hospital is hosting a Fit Family Series in which families
can learn about nutrition, fitness and healthy living.
series, which will be on be three consecutive Saturdays, will be geared
towards families with children ages 6-12 but all families are welcome to
Van Wert County Hospital’s Occupational and Community
Health Coordinator Anne Dunn said that when the hospital plans
activities and events they take into consideration community needs as
well as data and feedback from community members and those in the health
“Based on the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment
data for Van Wert County, 18 percent of youth grades sixth through 12th
grade are obese, and only 7 percent of youth consume the recommended
servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis,” said Dunn.
goal is to take the feedback that the hospital gets from parents and
providers and help youth that are struggling with their weight make
better healthy choices on a regular basis.
Community Health Improvement Plan for Van Wert County focuses on three
areas, one being obesity,” said Dunn. “The Live Healthy Van Wert
initiative will create more opportunities in our community for families
to have fun, learn and walk away with one or more healthier choices they
will make moving forward.”
According to Dunn the first two
sessions will include mock grocery shopping activities and fun
family-friendly physical challenges.
The final week will include a Fit Family Amazing Race with destinations and challenges throughout Van Wert.
is a great opportunity to not only learn as a family but to meet other
families working toward healthier families and have fun all at no cost,”
The Fit Family Series will be held at the Van Wert
County Hospital on April 22, April 29 and May 6 from 9-10:30 a.m. and is
free. Those who would like to participate are encouraged to register by
calling 419-238-2390 or emailing email@example.com.