LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Residents of Lake County are invited to join “Climb to the Peak of Health” – a project designed to engage our community in working together toward bettering health.
The national Centers for Disease Control awarded a two-year grant to St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake to address such issues as tobacco use, active living, healthy eating, and the importance of emotional well-being in Lake County.
The hospital is working with the Health Leadership Network to create and implement strategies that focus of those four areas.
One of “Climb to the Peak of Health’s” first steps is gathering input from the community on health habits and the kind of health information that would result in action.
By going to the project Web site, www.climbtothepeakofhealth.com , and taking the survey, you can help create strategies that match the needs of Lake County. The survey is mostly yes or no questions and may take five to 10 minutes to complete.
In the most recent release of the national County Health Rankings Report, Lake County was ranked in the bottom five of California’s 58 counties for poorest health outcomes.
The report ranks nearly every county in the nation and looks at a variety of measures that affect health. The rankings are a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The “Climb to the Peak of Health” project is an opportunity to begin changing Lake County’s ranking for the better – starting with our own individual health – by promoting the idea that each small step we take can have big rewards.
The project encourages taking steps that fit easily into one’s lifestyle. For instance, become more active by taking a walk around the block, jumping rope, or trying out a hula hoop. Or visit a farmer’s market or the produce section of your local grocery store to purchase a colorful basket of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Take the first step by taking the survey. You can take the survey at http://climbtothepeakofhealth.org/survey.html .
For more information about Climb to the Peak of Health, visit http://climbtothepeakofhealth.org .