Healthy People, Healthy Suffolk is a community-wide plan designed to move the community toward improved health while it tackles obesity and obesity-related chronic illness through three goal areas: healthy eating, active living and citizen engagement.
It is open to all who live, work, play and pray in Suffolk, regardless of age or circumstances.
In Suffolk, as in the nation, children born today are three times more likely to be obese than they were in 1980.
Healthy People, Healthy Suffolk was created to address the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes occurring in Suffolk Virginia.
- One in four children (25%) and almost two-thirds (63%) of adults in Suffolk are considered overweight and obese, according to the Virginia Atlas of Community Health (2010).
- Obesity increases the risk of diabetes and obesity-related chronic diseases.
- Incidence of diabetes in Western Tidewater (inclusive of Suffolk) is at 8.6% of the population compared to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s average of 7.6%.
- Jett Johnson