Many of us in the community are working toward a healthier and happier Swain County. Together, we are trying to reduce chronic disease through our high obesity rates. Swain County Health Department and Swain Community Hospital are working to increase quality nutrition among children in our schools. The School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) have been advocating for a new sugar policy within the schools but have been unsuccessful thus far. The Community Wellness Action Team wants to assist in passing and implementing the sugar nutrition policy in all Swain County schools, helping to work toward a healthier and happier Swain County.
Swain Schools Nutrition Policy was identified by the Community Wellness Action Team as an action, that when combined with other actions in our community, that has a reasonable chance of making a difference in obesity as it relates to chronic disease in our community. This is a new strategy in our community.
The priority population/customers for this Swain schools nutrition policy are each of the school systems in Swain County, and the nutrition policy aims to make a difference at the individual and community level. Implementation will take place in meetings and presentations.
The strategy impacts obesity as it relates to chronic disease in the following ways:
- Nutrition (i.e. sugar consumption) provided in the school systems among students
- Obesity rates among children up to 18 years of age