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Huron County, let’s get off the couch and start moving

By Loretta L Nichols • Jul 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Key findings of the 2017 Huron County Health Assessment found that four percent of adults had survived a heart attack and four percent had survived a stroke at some time in their life.

Forty percent of Huron County adults were obese, 36 percent had high blood pressure, 31 percent had high blood cholesterol, and 15 percent were smokers, all of which are known risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

One way you can minimize your risk for heart disease and stroke is by being physically active. The CDC recommends that adults participate in moderate exercise for at least two hours and 30 minutes every week or vigorous exercise for at least one hour and 15 minutes every week.

Whether participating in moderate or vigorous exercise, CDC also recommends muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups on two or more days per week.


Statistics on obesity, activity

According to the 2017 Huron County Health Assessment, 67 percent of Huron County adults were overweight or obese based on Body Mass Index (BMI) with two-fifths (40 percent) being obese.

In Huron County, 48 percent of adults were engaged in some type of physical activity or exercise for at least 30 minutes three or more days per week. Twenty-eight percent (28 percent) of adults exercised five or more days per week. More than one-fourth (27 percent) of adults did not participate in any physical activity in the past week, including three percent who were unable to exercise.


Time to get moving

Let’s change those statistics, Huron County! It’s time to “Get off the Couch and Get into Exercise.”

Fisher-Titus and Norwalk Park and Rec can help with a free nine-week training plan from Zen Labs c25k.com to prepare you for your first 5k run/walk or to get you back into a healthier routine. Registration will end on Monday, July 9, with an informational meeting planned for 6 p.m. that day at the Ernsthausen Community Center, Community Room, 100 Republic St., Norwalk. Program Dates will be Thursday, July 12 to Thursday, Sept. 6. Visit norwalkrec.com for more details on registration for the Couch to 5K event.

We believe we can help you achieve this goal by providing the necessary tools to get you started and help you on your path to a new, healthier lifestyle! We will meet at various locations throughout Norwalk once a week from 7-8 p.m. on Thursdays. Training will consist of three workouts per week, with one scheduled as a group meet-up. Topics will be discussed prior to each “meet-up” workout relating to exercise, nutrition and staying motivated.

Your goal will be crossing the Finish Line at the Healthy Hearts 5K Run/Walk at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Fisher-Titus Healthy Hearts event features a 5K Run/Walk, non-competitive Heart 1-Miler, and a Kids Fun Run. Registration forms and more information can be found at fishertitus.org.


Loretta L Nichols, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN is the Director of Cardiovascular and Oncology Services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. She has 28 years of experience in cardiovascular and critical care nursing.

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