Healthy Eating

Why are we focusing on eating healthy?

Obesity and chronic disease were two of the problems identified in the 2010 Community Health Needs Assessment for Henry County.

A 2010 IDPH assessment of Iowa elementary school children found 37% were either overweight or obese.

Obese children have a 70% chance of being overweight or obese as adults—facing higher risks for many diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and several types of cancers.

The 2015 County Health Rankings indicate that 34% of adults in Henry County are already obese, up from 31% the year before.  

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa’s fruit and vegetable consumption (18%) falls below the national average fruit and vegetable consumption (24%).

What are we doing to promote healthy eating?

We are currently addressing obesity through a variety of initiatives aimed at healthy eating and active living targeting both children and adults.


Our Your Plate. Your Health. program is certifying restaurants that make healthy improvements.  Find out which of your favorites are certified!


We started working with major county events to help identify and promote healthy choices.


We are helping to promote Iowa Nutrition Network’s Pick a Better Snack campaign and are working with concession stand leaders to increase healthy options.

Other Resources

Choose My Plate website from USDA

Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website with recipes and how-to videos 

In 2015 we also helped to create a partnership between the Winfieldgrocery pickup.jpg Betterment Group and the Mt. Pleasant Hy-Vee to start a weekly grocery delivery service to Winfield. Residents can order their groceries online and have them delivered at the designated time for no extra charge!