Nutrition and Physical Activity

Goal: To reduce the number of Polk County residents who are overweight and obese.

How will we reach this goal?

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Workgroup has created a workplan to address the Obesity issue in Polk County. To view the Nutrition and Physical Activity workplan Click Here

Why is Nutrition and Physical Activity an Important Issue:

Good nutrition, physical activity, and a healthy body weight are essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being. Together, these can help decrease a person’s risk of developing serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. A healthful diet, regular physical activity, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight also are paramount to managing health conditions so they do not worsen over time.

Who are the key stakeholders?

Polk United Healthier Together
Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee
Polk County Breastfeeding Coalition
Polk County Health Department (WIC, Fit Families, Prenatal Care Coordination)
Polk County Worksites
Polk County Fitness Centers
Polk County Policymakers
Polk County Healthcare Providers
Polk County School Districts
Polk County Childcare Providers
Polk County Citizens
Polk County Farmers’ Markets, Farm Stands and Apple Orchards
Polk County Women of Reproductive Age
Polk County Government

Initiatives

What is the Power of Produce or PoP club?

The Power of Produce (PoP) Club is a farmers markets incentive program for children. It is offered at farmers markets throughout the nation. Each week, children ages 4 to 12 receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.

PoP Club engages children at farmers markets and empowers them to make healthful food choices. It aims to:

  • Increase family participation at farmers markets.

  • Build healthier communities.

What Farmers Markets in Polk County will have a PoP club booth?

  • Amery Farmers’ Market: Mondays 3-6pm through August 31st
  • Osceola Farmers’ Market: Fridays 2-6pm through August 31st
  • St. Croix Falls Farmers’ Market: Saturdays 10am – 1pm through August 31st

All Tokens must be turned in by August 31st!

Activities and Recipes

Week 1 – Spinach

Week 2 – Strawberry

Week 3 – Radish

Week 4 – Carrot

Week 5 – Peach

Week 6 – Cucumber