Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Today’s children are at a higher risk than ever for health problems. To help combat this trend, the Coalition for a Health Sioux County and local community groups are launching Let’s Go 5210 to help kids develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime!
The initiative encourages eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, limiting recreational screen time to 2 hours or less, getting 1 hour or more of physical activity every day, and drinking 0 sugary drinks, more water and low fat milk.
The Coalition for a Healthy Sioux County is a group of community members and partners who want to encourage active and healthy lifestyles, remove barriers to health and healthy lifestyles, and identify chronic conditions and unmet health needs in Sioux County.
Community Health Partners provides leadership for the coalition, but many community members and community organizations provide their time, talent, and energy to make the coalition work.
CHP facilitates the Latino Health Coalition of Sioux County which strives to address health issues and eliminate health disparities in our Latino communities by engaging members of the Latino community and encouraging emergent leaders. We meet monthly to discuss and plan health related issues and events. Meetings are held in Spanish. Interested community members are encouraged to attend.
The Northwest Iowa Tobacco Free Coalition (NWITFC) serves Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, and Sioux counties and provides leadership for local tobacco control initiatives. Community partners are welcome to join the NWITFC to help prevent young people from starting to smoke, reduce the exposure to secondhand smoke, and encourage quitting tobacco and nicotine by youth and adults.
CHP spearheads breast feeding initiatives throughout Sioux County. We have a list of designated Breast Feeding Friendly businesses (denoted by a sticker on their door) where women can breast feed in comfort. Our Certified Lactation Counselors facilitate breast feeding peer support groups in Orange City and Sioux Center and can make home visits to address specific breast feeding issues. CHP facilitates collaboration between public health and local OB departments to promote breast feeding.