REPORTING: RABBIT ZIELKE
The Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department is working with the Partnership for Healthy Living and many organizations in town to study 2 Chattanooga neighborhoods and develop an action plan to address childhood obesity. Encouraging more movement and opportunities to get outside and play is part of the approach to improve the health of our children. The study will address specific needs in Southside and Eastside neighborhoods that will help develop safer more play friendly environments.
The health department will also be teaming up to address healthy food options for these neighborhoods. Local produce and vegetable gardens are part of the solution to the healthy food puzzle.
The multi-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will fund one full-time and one part-time employee. These positions will help oversee and coordinate the efforts of city and county agencies, faith-based initiatives, and nonprofit organizations. And of course, the families and children living in the targeted neighborhoods will be participating at all levels to help find solutions to reducing Childhood Obesity.