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Food and nutrition are an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Often, when we talk about programming in these areas, we think about first educating people on what they choose to eat. That is really important; however, Healthy Chesapeake, Inc. thinks it is just as important to focus on our food environments, policies and systems to make the healthy eating choice …the easy choice …for everyone! That means that instead of just focusing on education of individuals, we also work with organizations and larger systems within our community to make it easier for people to eat healthy.
Expanded access and usage of lifestyle programs – such as increased access to recreational facilities, more programs to support walking and physical activity, improved wellness related policies and built environment, including improved walking and biking opportunities.
Healthy Chesapeake is working with the newly formed 55Plus Coalition to address the many challenges being faced by the anticipated population growth among our older residents. In Chesapeake, between 2012 and 2040, the Welden Cooper Population Center projects a growth of 114.5% in the number of those aged 65 and older compared to an increase of 39.4% in the city’s population overall.
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Given this significant increase, the housing, transportation, health care, quality of life and safety issues of our older residents are priorities for not only the city, but all groups supporting the health of these residents. Our infrastructure is not prepared currently for this of change. As a result, it is anticipated that the “aging of the population will shape local policy making unlike any other demographic shift witnessed to date”. Healthy Chesapeake, with it’s emphasis on health in all policies, will support initiatives to address the social determinants affecting the 55+ population.
Chronic Disease Prevention
Expanded access and usage of technology – such as monitoring and managing chronic disease remotely, outreach programs and staff, and other disease management programs to encourage healthy behaviors to improve health outcomes for people with chronic disease.