Combating the obesity epidemic in North Idaho.
Currently, more than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese, and the number of obese children, ages 2-19, has more than tripled in the last three decades. The rise of childhood obesity rates will continue to have a major impact on the prevalence of adult obesity, as obesity in childhood and adolescence is a significant risk factor for obesity in adulthood.
Obesity is a public health concern that is associated with an increased risk for many serious health conditions. Obese children and adults are more likely to experience respiratory problems, joint problems, and psycho-social issues, in addition to the serious health conditions mentioned below:
• Coronary Heart Disease
• Type 2 Diabetes
• Certain types of cancers
• Premature death
In response to these health issues surrounding obesity, education and intervention strategies are focused on reversing current trends. The Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (IPAN) program emphasizes environmental approaches that support and reinforce healthy behaviors, such as physical activity and nutrition, as outlined by multiple Healthy People 2020 obesity and chronic disease objective areas.
In addition to the exciting efforts of IPAN, the Panhandle Health District serves as a member on the School Wellness Council for the Plummer-Worley School District.