How healthy are we really? And what can we do to improve our community’s health?
These are two big questions that a new project with the Liberty Parks & Recreation Department will be trying to answer with a new 3-year project.
The Liberty Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Liberty Public Schools, the Clay County Health Department, and the Liberty Hospital, are working together to identify and target community aspects that influence obesity and active living, specifically focusing on policies, funding, physical assets, programs and services that influence health and fitness levels of youth ages 10-14 years.
The Liberty Parks and Recreation Department has been selected as a “beta site” for the Healthy Communities Surveillance and Management project in conjunction with GP RED, a non-profit, GreenPlay, Design Concepts. This project will help create strategic concepts for improvement in the fight against childhood obesity.
The project will focus on the 10-14 age group because this is when youth start to become independent in their lifestyle choices. Studies show that if a child is overweight or obese at this age, they are 80% likely to be overweight or obese as an adult, and 80% of those adults will produce overweight or obese children. If not addressed, this trend can drastically negatively impact the overall health and the economy in a community.
The Liberty Parks and Recreation Department, Liberty Public School, Clay County Health Department, and the Liberty Hospital invite all interested parents, youth, potential partners, and community members to become in helping to shape the project and the future for Liberty's youth.
Want to learn more? A public meeting will be held at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Rd, on March 12, 6 - 8 p.m. to share the process and gather information. For more information, contact Donna Kay Taylor, Project manager, 816.439.4364.