At Inspira, we’re invested in the health and wellbeing of our local community. That’s why we provide an array of innovative tools and resources to help fight obesity and promote an active, healthy lifestyle.
Our Approach to Obesity
Obesity isn’t just about a number on a scale—it’s about quality of life. Obesity is a complex condition involving an excessive amount of body fat, and it afflicts many people in our communities and across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three U.S. adults and one in five children and teens are considered obese.
Inspira’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) indicates that the food environment in many residents’ local communities makes it difficult to eat a healthy diet. Residents in Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester counties have easy access to fast food and convenience stores, but they must often travel long distances to grocery stores compared to other places in the country.
Issues such as poverty and lack of transportation also make it difficult to purchase ingredients to make fresh meals and healthy foods. Increasing access to healthy fare is essential to fighting obesity and resolving related health complications, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Resources to Fight Obesity in Our Communities
To combat obesity in South Jersey, Inspira is committed to providing nutrition education, resources and services for residents and families, including:
We understand the challenges of healthy eating, and our registered dietitians will work with you to develop a wellness strategy based on your needs. It’s important for children to know how to make good choices, too, so they can start building positive habits while they’re young. Our Food for Thought program educates children and teens about nutrition in a fun, collaborative way that empowers them to make healthy decisions now and in the future.