Obesity Prevention

What we do

CHCC is part of a statewide effort to help northern York County residents achieve the recommended levels of daily physical activity to prevent chronic diseases associated with obesity and physical inactivity.

Who we reach

CHCC works with municipalities, schools, businesses and community organizations to reach the greater community.

Our approach

  • Rural Active Living Assessment: CHCC works with local municipalities to complete the Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA). RALA is a tool used to assess a town’s physical, programmatic and policy environments as they relate to opportunities for physical activity. Advantages of completing this assessment include identifying areas for improvement and accessing data for funding opportunities.
  • Food Policy Council: CHCC supports local and county-wide efforts to monitor and evaluate the local food system in collaboration with Partners for a Hunger-Free York County.
  • Physical Activity Opportunities: CHCC works with area schools and businesses to allow access to school property or private business property for free indoor or outdoor physical activity. Current opportunities include:
    • Bonny Eagle Adult Education Indoor walking at Bonny Eagle Middle School through the fall and spring semesters of the Adult Ed program.
    • Biddeford Adult Education Indoor walking at Biddeford High School, through the fall and spring semesters of the Adult Ed program. 
    • Walmart Supercenter in Biddeford Open daily from 6-12 a.m. and allows community members to walk laps around the store. One lap around the outer-most aisles of the store is equivalent to one-quarter of a mile. 
  • ACE Teams: CHCC provides support to Active Community Environment teams in northern York County. An ACE team is a group of community members who form together to encourage environmental and policy change that will increase levels of physical activity and improve public health by promoting walking, bicycling and the development of accessible recreation facilities.
  • Walk 100 Miles in 100 days: Each year from May through August, CHCC promotes physical activity by hosting its “Walk 100 Miles in 100 days” campaign. Several hundred community members join each year. Participants individually track the miles they walk on a personal log, earn prizes for reaching milestones and receive weekly newsletters including tips for fitness and healthy eating.
  • Fruit and Veggie Costumes: CHCC has adult and child size fruit and vegetable costumes available for community members to borrow for use during nutrition education programs and health promotion events. 

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