Led by Mayor Tommy Battle and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department, Healthy Huntsville is sponsored by the following non-profit organizations: City of Huntsville, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville City Schools, HudsonAlpha, and the Huntsville-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.
Join the thousands of Huntsville residents who are looking to improve their health through fitness and nutrition! Our goal is to: “Reduce obesity by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles.”
WHY HEALTHY HUNTSVILLE?
Alabama has the seventh highest adult obesity rate in the nation for adults. The obesity rate for high school students is 17.2%. Alabama’s adult obesity rate is currently 36.1%, up from 22.6% in 2000 and from 11.2% in 1990, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. However, adult obesity is about the same as in 2018. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Alabama, and Healthy Huntsville wants to lead the change.
“It takes time, but a lot can happen in a few months,” said Mayor Battle. “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. 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.”
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?
Healthy Huntsville focuses on the core concepts of nutrition and exercise to encourage our residents to embrace healthy lifestyles. What are some of Healthy Huntsville’s signature events that can encourage you and your family to be active?
- Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free, statewide wellness program for adults, ages 18 or older, who live in Alabama or work for an Alabama based organization. It is designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and have fun while doing it.
- Nutrition classes taught by registered dietician nutritionists in partnership with Huntsville Hospital Wellness Centers
- The Mayor’s Bike Ride in May promotes Bike Safety Month and encourage citizens to try out cycling.
- Fitness in the Park takes place every Saturday at 9 a.m. in May and June in Big Spring Park and features a different type of one-hour fitness class for free.
- Walking events in the fall promote the low-impact and accessible form of exercise.
- Dancing for Diversity is a dance fitness event that promotes different forms of dancing and cultures in the fall.
- Maintain, Don’t Gain provides tips, tricks and motivation to maintain your weight from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.
These events and more are available to you and your family! To stay up-to-date on the latest Healthy Huntsville happenings, go to the Healthy Huntsville calendar and follow Healthy Huntsville on Facebook.
For more information, please contact Ashley Polesak in the Parks & Recreation Department.