Clinton County Extension Homemakers Create a Wellness Club

Weight of the Nation Mini Grant Recipients

Weight of the Nation Mini Grant Recipients

As a result of a mini grant of $500 from Healthy Communities of Clinton County ACHIEVE program, the Clinton County Extension Homemakers have created a new club that will focus on Wellness.  The Extension Homemaker program was created as a program of the Purdue Extension Service.  The Homemaker program is over 100 years old and was created to improve the greatest institution in the world, “The Home”.    After a group of club members attended 4 screenings of the documentary “The Weight of the Nation” which focused on the obesity crisis in America, the county leaders decided they wanted to do their part.   The Wellness Club will meet monthly and will provide educational information on good nutrition and the importance of physical activity.  Those attending will have a chance to weigh themselves if that is what they desire and will receive support in their efforts to improve their health.  This club is open to non-members of the Extension Homemaker Club program.  For more information contact the Purdue Extension Service.

Healthy Communities applauds this innovative step and will be receiving updates as this new club begins its journey to better health.  63.5% of adult Hoosiers are overweight or obese with a percentage of 29% in Clinton County.  Although our obesity rankings are better than the state average the county ranks exactly the same when it comes to physical activity with only 27.7% of Clinton County and Indiana adults  participating in any physical activity in the past month.  The other organizations that received the $500 mini grant include Frankfort Rotary,  Community Schools of Frankfort and Clinton County 4-H Council.

The Healthy Food Access Committee under the ACHIEVE program is looking for ways to improve the access to healthy food by all Clinton County residents.  A variety of policy and systems changes might include “Healthy In A Hurry”  program at convenience stores, a “Healthy Checkout Aisle” in larger supermarkets and bringing more education to the homes about good nutrition, portion control, reading labels and encouraging physical activity.