By Pam Robinson
Family Matters of Posey County has introduced Mount Vernon native Sara Goad as the new county health specialist. Goad comes to Posey County on a two-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control distributed by Welborn Baptist Hospital.
“Eating healthy and making healthy lifestyle changes is not expensive or difficult,” Goad insists. “It just takes support.”
The UE graduate in sociology has previously worked in social services and is excited about lending her support to county fitness efforts. She will coordinate the county’s FIT for the Future program this year and tells residents to look for a new “Biggest Loser” competition soon. After participants weigh-in initially, Goad says two-week weigh-ins are planned to coincide with discussions on healthy eating and lifestyle changes to stay fit. Incentives will be offered to help participants succeed. This year, Goad wants to encourage youth aged 8-16 to participate in the “Biggest Loser” competition, with an emphasis upon their increasing or starting physical activities for healthy living.
Goad will oversee the county’s community gardens this summer, too. She is interested in helping city dwellers enjoy fresh produce through spending a little time tending a container garden.
She plans to promote workplace wellness through a “Corporate Champions” program. The program teaches businesses to provide incentives to employees who make healthy lifestyle choices. “Corporate Champions” would, for example, encourage healthy choices at breakfast meetings, rather than the typical fare of high-calorie, sugary doughnuts and pastries. Likewise, businesses might fill their vending machines with healthy snacks.
Above all, she wants to see Posey County residents count in the national “Million Hearts” initiative. “Million Hearts” aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Goad will be offering blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and additional services at local health fairs, now in the planning stages.
Goad invites community leaders to visit her during her office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday—8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Friday—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. She welcomes ideas from peers about events to help Posey County get fit. She may be reached at 838-6875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Pam Robinson
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