Creating healthy environments is key to reversing the obesity epidemic, and when communities have access to nutritious foods, everyone benefits. Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work aims to reduce the barriers to fresh, healthy food and drinks.
Our collaboration with neighborhood stores helps ensure that people in every corner of our city have access to healthy, affordable food options. We’re also working with local food producers to get fresh, nutritious food to businesses and neighborhoods, teaming up with schools to ensure access children have access to healthy foods, and reimaging how vending machines can offer healthier options.
Physical activity is crucial to health, happiness and quality of life. The major barriers most people face when trying to increase physical activity are time, access to convenient facilities, and safe environments in which to be active.
Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work partners with organizations across our community to reduce these barriers through efforts that include: encouraging businesses to provide time for employees to move a bit more throughout the day, providing bike racks to promote active transportation, marking safer routes for children who walk to school, and building physical activity into school programs.
These policy and infrastructure changes will ensure that good ideas like these have a chance to take root and become a part of daily behavior.
Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work joined forces with the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) to increase the number of apartment complexes that offer smoke-free options. Douglas County Health Department provides technical assistance to landlords and property managers who want to offer smoke-free options to tenants.
Through our partnership efforts, Omaha now ranks #2 in the U.S. for the highest number of smoke-free apartment listings and recent surveys results indicate that a majority of residents want to live smoke-free.
In our community, heart disease and stroke together claim more lives than cancer – according to the Douglas County Health Department Vital Statistics (2011). Fortunately, heart disease and stroke also are among the most preventable. The leading controllable risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke is high blood pressure.
An innovative partnership between pharmacists and physicians through Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work is helping individuals control high blood pressure. We’re also developing ways Community Health Workers can maximize opportunities within their communities to facilitate even better outcomes.
Both of these projects are further underpinned by hands-on partnerships dedicated to connecting every clinical touch point with the meaningful use of Electronic Health Records throughout the community.
Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work partners with local businesses, faith-based organizations and physicians to educate at-risk populations and connect them to resources that will enable them to lead a healthier life — possibly preventing them from developing diabetes or living more successfully with it. DCPPW partners with successful diabetes prevention programs in the community, such as UNMC EngAge Wellness Program and YMCA of Greater Omaha.