Fair to promote active, healthy lifestyles

Fair to promote active, healthy lifestyles
Friday, June 3, 2011
April Bamburg, The Newport News Times

Nearly 30 percent of Lincoln County’s youths, ages 0-17 are obese, according to statistics from Children First for Oregon’s 2010 data book. A coalition of community members and local organizations are looking to change that figure, and encourage citizens to be more active.

To get the word out about activities and services in the community, a three-county coalition called the Childhood Obesity Partnership formed, after Samaritan Health Services received a 1-year planning grant to develop strategies to prevent or reduce childhood obesity, because of particularly high rates of childhood obesity in Linn and Lincoln Counties, according to Julia Young-Lorion, Community Health Improvement Partnership Coordinator with Samaritan Health Services.

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