ABOUT WORDS OF WELLNESS
In the United States, 68 percent of adults age 20 and older are overweight or obese, while 31.7% of the nation’s children and adolescents age two to 19 are overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to five of the 10 leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, many cancers and stroke.
As part of its effort to help combat the obesity epidemic in our community, Shannon Medical Center brought together community advocates and experts in the health field willing to take up the charge and work together for local change.
Bringing together community members passionate about health and wellness was the first step. Taking community action, including the creation of this blog, has become the next step. The contributors to this site are committed to being a resource for health information and inspiration for positive change. Our aim is for individuals, families, schools and worksites to embrace actions to enable them to live healthier, happier lives.