Thursday, January 16, 2014

Losing 2014 Pounds In 2014

Tracking the Healthier Me 2014 Progress

LABELLE, FL. -- As part of Dr. John Armstrong, State Surgeon General’s Healthiest Weight Initiative, the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties came up with a creative idea to track the progress of the “Healthier Me 2014 Initiative.”

This initiative is a “challenge” to folks in the areas of East & West Hendry County and Glades County to lose 2,014 pounds in the year 2014. Losing just 7% of your body weight helps reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. (For example, a 200-pound person would need to lose 14 pounds)

The initiative is not only about losing weight, but also will help you to:
Improve your health
Increase your physical activity
Eat more fruits and veggies
Manage stress

Norm Coderre, RN and Senior Community Health Nurse with Division of Children’s Medical Services (CMS) at the Health Department in LaBelle and his wife Sharon O’Leary constructed this great “Goal Tracking Board”. 

This board will be placed outside of the Health Dept in LaBelle and it will be updated to show the progress as the year goes along.  Norm Coderre and his wife received thanks from the department this week for constructing this board for our communities. The materials and labor for the board was donated by Norm and his wife (And their company – Bee Hammock Honey)

Pictured: Norm Coderre RN and Senior Community Health Nurse for CMS, and Mary Ruth Prouty, Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties-Program Manager for Chronic Disease/Tobacco Prevention/Drug Free Hendry

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