For the past three years the St. Louis City Health Department has been monitoring obesity rates in the city; they have not gone down. Thirty-three percent of city residents are overweight, and 31 percent are obese.
The Mayor has announced he wants to reduce obesity by 5 percent by 2018. The health department has come up with a plan to offer the residents of St. Louis City access to healthy nutrition, exercise and preventative care. The city has partnered with 30 public and private health organizations to develop the obesity reduction plan.
“It was time to really take a comprehensive look across the area on how we increase access to healthy eating, safe places to exercise and access to appropriate health care,” said Pam Walker, St. Louis City health director. ”You know our leading causes of death are heart disease, cancer, stroke COPD and complications from diabetes. All of those are impacted in a big way by obesity.” Walker says obesity also decreases the quality of life as you age.
Many of the services offered through the city’s plan are free. The health department has set up a website to get more information about the plan: JumpN2Shape.com.