United Way supports Get Healthy CT with $10K grant

Recognizing that obesity is a significant problem both nationally and locally, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has awarded $10,000 to Get Healthy CT, a coalition whose mission is to eliminate obesity.

Get Healthy CT works collaboratively with key stakeholders in the greater Bridgeport region to remove the barriers to healthy eating and physical activity. More than 100 large and small businesses and nonprofit and community organizations have joined the coalition to date, along with individuals and families, too.

Funding will be used to generate greater awareness of Get Healthy CT and the free resources available on its website, GetHealthyCT.org.

“Health impacts every aspect of people’s lives and we know that the good health of individuals and families helps build stronger communities,” said Cathy DeCesare, chief strategic officer, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. “Our goal is to support community based efforts to help children in need and their families stay physically, socially and emotionally healthy. Get Healthy CT is the ideal partner for us to have a significant impact on the region’s health and well-being.”

When joining Get Healthy CT, members commit to two simple pledges: A healthy eating pledge and a physical activity pledge. Get Healthy CT also has created the Step It Up campaign, which encourages people to take the stairs whenever possible or find other no-cost ways to incorporate walking into their daily routines. The pledges and the free Step It Up resources are at GetHealthyCT.org.

Get Healthy CT has created a user-friendly website that offers easy, no-cost tips and low cost resources on how to support and maintain healthy eating and physical activity. Visitors will find articles about how eating affects diabetes and pregnancy, healthier grilling tips, and the top 10 foods to avoid, as well as lists of local gyms, YMCAs, community centers, parks, biking and walking trails, and much more. A calendar listing upcoming events related to eating well and getting active is updated regularly. GetHealthyCT is also on Facebook, offering healthy eating and easy exercise ideas.

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