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Vitality Huron plans luncheon to celebrate wellness: Luncheon begins at noon Thursday at HRMC Huron Towers

Posted: Monday, Jan 21st, 2013

Vitality Huron is hosting a complimentary luncheon to celebrate efforts in the community toward wellness.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at HRMC Huron Towers Auditorium.

Please RSVP for the luncheon by Monday to Huronwellness@gmail.com or call 352-5264.

Every day the media highlights the importance of bringing more wellness opportunities to Huron. Some recent statistics reported in the national media include:

North America contains six percent of the world’s population but 34 percent of the weight of the world.

More than $2 billion/year (or $5 million/day) is spent on marketing food to kids and 80-85 percent of advertised products are considered of poor nutrition quality.

Researchers have estimated that for individuals born in the U.S. in 2000, there is a lifetime probability of being diagnosed with diabetes at 33 percent for males and 39 percent females.

Health expenditures in the United States neared $2.6 trillion in 2010, more than 10 times the $256 billion spent in 1980.

Closer to home, South Dakota’s obesity rate has increased by more than 90 percent since 1995. In a recent study, South Dakota ranked 15th in the nation, with 28.7 percent of adults being obese. In Beadle County, 33 percent of adults are obese.

According to Dr. Wayne Carr, not all the news is bad.

“If you look around this region there are multiple positive reports: an active bike and walking club, a Colorful Choices Challenge with 82 participants, the release of our strategic plan with multiple endorsements, several run and walk events occurring in Huron and the Ravine Lake Triathlon,” Carr said.

“We have also partnered with many groups locally and nationwide. The NFL, NBA and MLB all have been active in promoting activity and Disney is increasing positive marketing towards healthful foods, and by or in 2015 will remove any junk food ads. Local partners include, but are not limited to, Huron Public School, Holy Trinity School, City of Huron, United Way, the Nordby Center for Recreation, Park and Recreation Department, Chamber and Visitors Bureau and the Salvation Army. These organizations are promoting wellness in their organizations and in the community.”

Recently the Bipartisan Policy Center released its Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative report, “Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future.”

The report calls on individuals and the public and private sectors to collaborate on specific, actionable strategies to improve outcomes in four priority areas: healthy families, schools, workplaces and communities. Driven by the alarming rates of obesity and chronic disease, and their associated costs, the report calls needed attention to our mounting healthcare spending, which is expected to reach $4.6 trillion dollars annually by 2020 and consume 19.8 percent of GDP.

“Huron is doing its part and we want everyone to get involved in our mission,” Carr said. “That is why we are having the Vitality Lunch, get everyone excited about wellness and get them more involved.”

“We recently completed a community survey and found out that 95 percent of the participants are interested in making healthy decisions, so we know that there is great interest out there,” said Sarah Seidel, a registered dietician for HRMC and chairperson of the Nutrition taskforce. “We want to support and educate everyone in the community in their journey to wellness.”

“We are hosting this Vitality Lunch to share individual success stories and to encourage more individuals to get involved at home, work, in community organizations or on one of our subcommittees,” explained Nikki Eining, the Huron Wellness Coordinator. “We will also be kicking off another Colorful Choices Challenge to encourage individuals to eat more fruits.”

Attendees will be served a healthy wrap, bean salad and fruit kebobs along with bottled water and coffee, courtesy of HRMC. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to rejuvenate yourself and be a part of flooding Huron with vitality, health and well-being. Please RSVP to huronwellness@gmail.com or call 352-5264. If you cannot make the lunch but want to get involved you can send an email and let the committee know your interest.

For the complete article see the 01-20-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 01-20-2013 paper.

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