By JuWan Graham, CBW 62/CW50 Intern
Even though there is a prodigious amount of information about healthy lifestyles, Americans are still one of the leaders in obesity in the world. That’s where HealthyTown-Everywhere comes into play.
It is a physician-led pilot project promoting better nutrition, fitness, and healthy behaviors and lifestyles within local communities.
On November 3rd, 2016 from 9:30 to 11 am on Main St. in Royal Oak, the third and final no-cost HealthyTown-Everywhere pilot event will take place. It will consist of a field trip with fifth grade students from Northwood Elementary School and their parents who will also participate in a grocery store tour led by graduate dietetic students from Wayne State University of Detroit.
“Our goal is to continue to get important and beneficial information to residents and have them apply what they learn at the grocery store,” says family physician for the Family Health Care Center Paul Ehrmann, D.O. “We hope this kind of program will grow to other communities.”
Here are some of the features that the HealthyTown-Everywhere initiative programs include:
- Targeted nutrition education to set a foundation for healthy eating.
- Grocery store tours with discussions and cooking demonstrations with healthy foods at the market.
- Take home and Web-based materials to provide further nutritional guidance for children and their families.
“Dr. Paul Ehrmann takes care of children every day, but he knows that their health is determined more by the choices they make than by the choices he makes,” added Thomas Simmer, M.D. Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “That’s why he’s developed an innovative program to get children to make healthier choices.
For more information about the program, please visit www.docpaul.com.
JuWan Graham is an aspiring public relations practitioner with a passion for writing and sports, and currently interning at CBS62 and CW50. He is a senior attending Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Public Relations while minoring in Marketing.