Welcome to the 2013 city-wide initiative to promote a healthier Huntsville! Led by Mayor Battle, Healthy Huntsville is sponsored by the following non-profit organizations: the City of Huntsville, HudsonAlpha, Huntsville City Schools, Huntsville Hospital, and the Madison County Health Department.
These organizations are working with the community to offer FREE programs throughout the year to help educate our citizens on wellness and good physical health. Our goal is to:
"Reduce obesity by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles."
How Does Healthy Huntsville Impact Me?
Healthy Huntsville focuses on the core concepts of nutrition and exercise to encourage our local residents to embrace healthy lifestyles. Healthy Huntsville will provide you with nutrition and fitness tips, healthy recipes, and more. What are some of Healthy Huntsville's signature events that can encourage you and your family to be active? We will begin with Scale Back Alabama, the statewide weight loss challenge that begins January 17. Watch for Saturday workouts in Big Spring Park, hikes and yoga at the Hayes Nature Preserve, nutrition classes and exercise instruction in community centers. The Double Helix Dash 5K walk/run through HudsonAlpha's McMillian Park will be held in April followed by the Mayor's Bike Ride in May. These events and much more will be available to you and your family!
HEALTHY HUNTSVILLE EVENTS
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Why Healthy Huntsville?
Alabama is the second most obese state in the country with a rate that exceeds 30 percent. "Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Alabama, and we are out to change that," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "It takes time, but a lot can happen in four months. A person can lose 10 or 15 pounds, they can begin to make better food choices, and they can get off that couch." According to Battle, Huntsville can no longer afford to ignore the impact that obesity has on the quality of our lives and our health care spending.
"We want to be the catalyst for change and to show our citizens that there is a better way," said Mayor Battle. "We already know that Huntsville is one of the smartest places to live in the country. If we can raise awareness about the serious health risk that obesity has on the quality and longevity of our lives and how easily those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, then we can also make Huntsville one of the fittest places."
WHO IS HEALTHY HUNTSVILLE?Meet the Healthy Huntsville leadership team
Mayor Tommy Battle and the City of Huntsville | HudsonAlpha | Huntsville City Schools |
Huntsville Hospital | Madison County Health Department
WANT TO SPONSOR A HEALTHY HUNTSVILLE EVENT?
The key to a successful year for Healthy Huntsville will depend upon our ability to expose citizens to as many resources as possible. We are calling on the city's leading advocates of health, nutrition and fitness to help teach the public how to become fit and healthy with free programs and activities of their own design.
Click here for sponsorship information.