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Keeping Norwalk Healthy

City focuses on good eating habits during National Nutrition Month

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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 19, 2015 At 06:00 PM

"Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" - March is National Nutrition Month® and in Norwalk, community leaders are working hard to keep the city healthy. 

"If people are healthy they have better live. They are more productive, they feel better and hopefuly they are happier," said Tim Callahan, Director of Health at the Norwalk Health Department.

Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the annual campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing good eating habits.

Health Educator Theresa Argondezzi said "The Health Department really prioritizes promoting healthy eating as well as physical activity. March is a great opportunity to highlight some of the work that we are doing."

For officials at the Health Department, keeping track of students health is key.

 "We know that we have some challenges with obesity in the city, particularly in young people," said Callahan. "On average about 1 in 3 children in Norwalk is either at risk of being over weight or they are over weight."

And according to the Norwalk Student Body Mass Index Report, in many cases, those rates were higher than state and national averages.

"One of our biggest programs focused on healthy eating is called Fit Kids and it is an after-school program teaching children about the USDA's National Nutrition Guidelines about the food groups and why they are important and how they keep you healthy," said Argondezzi.

In addition to programs in the schools and the community, the message of healthy habits is being taken on the road with the Norwalk Community Health Center Mobile Medical Health Unit.

"What we want people to understand that nutrition involves more than just coming to the doctor for a visit. Nutrition is an important fact. What you put into your body is directly correlated to your health outcome," said Craig Glover, Chief Executive Officer of the Norwalk Community Health Center. 

"We want people to know eat healthy in between your doctor's visits, follow the guidance your doctor is giving you as it relates to what you are eating and your sodium intake. All of those things effect things like blood pressure and diabetes."

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