Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Healthy Kane County Coalition is Here For You!

We are lucky to live in Kane County, Utah.  Small and friendly communities located in naturally beautiful settings are conducive to a healthy lifestyle.  For those of you who want to maximize your opportunities to get and stay healthy, the Healthy Kane County Coalition is a resource for you!

Chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are affecting an increasing number of people.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the CDC estimates that 40% of Americans will develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lifetime.  The good news is that you can choose to live a healthy (or healthier) lifestyle and reduce your chances of developing chronic diseases.  Physical activity, healthful eating habits, and good mental health are the basics and the Healthy Kane County Coalition can give you the information and inspiration you need to build the foundation for your own improved quality of life and well-being.

And there is more good news:  living a healthy lifestyle can be fun!  You can go on a new hike, play pickleball with family, or make easy and healthful meals with your children.  So make the commitment to yourself and your family to begin a healthy lifestyle.  The Healthy Kane County Coalition is here to help you reach that goal!

You can find the Healthy Kane County Coalition on Facebook (healthykanecounty) or on our website (HealthyKaneCountyCoalition.org).  Watch for updates on community events and information about physical activity and nutrition.

By Lori McGuire, RN, coalition member and nurse for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department