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Obesity: Helping Haywood residents live well and live long by promoting physical activity, healthy eating, and quality healthcare.

Past-month Leisure Time Physical Activity

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Story Behind the Indicator

The "Story Behind the Curve" helps us understand why the data on leisure-time physical activity is the way that it is in our community. When we understand the root causes of our community problems, we have a better chance of finding the right solutions, together.

What's Helping? These are the positive forces are work in our community and beyond that influence this issue in our community.

  • Grant funding to Haywood County HHSA administered by NC State University provides free Diabetes Prevention Program classes with incentives.  
  • More individuals meeting physical activity recommendations- 22.2%  
  • Physical activity is supported by free use of school tracks and playgrounds.  They are available after school hours when no other activities are not scheduled. 
  • School programs- Girls on the Run and walking/biking programs

What's Hurting? These are the negative forces are work in our community and beyond that influence this issue in our community.

  • Fewer individuals are receiving leisure-time physical activity- 21.7%
  • Transportation is a barrier for many residents.  While public transportation exists and is making great strides, it is still difficult for some residents to access.  


Partners With A Role To Play

Partners With a Role in Helping Our Community Do Better on This Issue:




Haywood County Health and Human Services Darion Vallerga/Megan Hauser/Jeanine Harris


Haywood County Cooperative Extension Julie Sawyer/Sally Dixon Lead
Haywood Regional Medical Center Fitness Center and Dietetic Staff Support
MountainWise Lauren Wood/Paige Robinson Support
Haywood County Public Library Jennifer Stuart Support
Haywood County Recreation and Parks Ian Smith Lead
Canton Parks and Recreation Ben Williams Lead
Waynesville Parks and Recreation Luke Kinsland Lead



What Works to Do Better

(A) Actions and Approaches Identified by Our Partners These are actions and approaches that our partners think can make a difference on the leisure-time physical activity total.

  • Existing Programs- Take Control programs

  • Canton Library- emphasis on community gardening

  • 5,2,1 Almost None- 5 servings of fruit and vegetables; 2 hours of screen time; 1 hour of exercise; almost no sugary drinks

  • 4 week walking challenge- inexpensive community resource to motivate participants to get active

(B) What is Currently Working in Our Community These are actions and approaches that are currently in place in our community to make a difference on the leisure-time physical activity total.

(C) Evidence-Based Strategies These are actions and approaches that have been shown to make a difference on the leisure-time physical activity total.

Process for Selecting Priority Strategies

Haywood County used a process planning tool referred to as the "Getting to Strategies: Process Plan" designed to move from health priorities to Community Health Improvement Plan strategies. This tool assisted in facilitation when discussing priorities and strategies with work groups. Seven questions were presented to identify: Our ideal vision of Haywood County; What in our community would require change to accomplish our vision; What are the most important measures to reflect positive change; Who plays a role in creating change; What past and current strategies work to make positive change; and What we propose to do this Community Health Improvment Plan cycle (questions below). Once all of our work groups, partners, and community members in attendance agreed on proposed strategies (keeping in mind feasibility, sustainability, level of impact in regard to current resources and capacity) the group voted for their top three obesity strategies.

  • Questions:
    • What are the quality-of-life conditions we want for the people who live in our community?
    • How can we measure these conditions?
    • What would these conditions look like if we could see them?
    • How are we doing on the most important of these measures?
    • Who are the partners who have a role to play in doing better?
    • What works to do better?
    • What do we propose to do?


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