Wichita Co. Health District addressing obesity in the county

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District has noticed an obesity problem in the county and is doing something about it.

If a $250,000 grant is passed, the money will go towards a program created to create a healthier county.

The health district has noticed an obesity problem in the county and is doing something about it. Two people have been hired to educate and provide them with the resources needed to snap those bad habits and turn them into good ones.

"If you're actively involved in making your own health better, you're more likely not just to make those changes, but that they're going to be sustainable," Assistant Director, Amy Fagan said. "That it's going to be you going home at night and cooking for your family a healthy meal. Not just you being concerned about your meal.

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District's vision is to eat well and live well. That's why they knew they had to do something when a state study showed the county in the bottom third in overall health outcomes.

"Often times it's just really making sure that people are aware of the resources that are out there," Fagan said. "And how to actually engage and utilize those resources to improve their health."

She said they want to educate people and encourage them to turn it into action. That's one reason why they are targeting kids.

"If we can change our kids and create that healthy culture from the beginning, it's going to be so much easier for them," Fagan said. "Some of these challenges that we have, they won't have and will make better choices."

She hopes the new program leads to a healthier people and a healthier community.

"It's so important to us because it's not just us, it's our families," Fagan said, "And for each person that we are able to reach with this, hopefully, they will take the knowledge and turn it into action."

Some of the ways they hope to turn it into action are through exercise, good eating habits, and reminding people to get wellness checks.

Fagan said obesity isn't just a problem in Wichita County, but nationwide.

She added that when you are obese and not feeling well, it makes all aspects of your life more difficult.

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