Annual Report 2016 - Page 22

PRIMARY CARE Penny Borgia, United Way of Central Florida Ermelinda Centeno, Central Florida Health Care Sheryl Cooper, Florida Department of Health in Polk County Tammy Durden, Florida Department of Health in Polk County Kim Eubanks, Polk County BoCC Carol Fox, Lakeland Regional Health Joy Jackson, M.D., Florida Department of Health in Polk County Colleen Mangan, Florida Department of Health in Polk County Paula McGhee, Polk County BoCC Holly Vida, Bartow Regional Medical Center Suzanne Wright, Florida Department of Health in Polk County BUILDING A HEALTHIER POLK Building a Healthier Polk is a group of community partners brought together by Polk Vision who have been working on the goal of reducing the obesity rate in Polk County. Primary Care, School Health and Worksite Wellness Teams are all currently creating and implementing tactical plans to improve the health of Polk County residents and are working towards the long-term goal of reducing the obesity (BMI >30) rate in Polk County to < the state average (36.9% to 26.4% in 2013.) 5-2-1-0 launch PRIMARY CARE LEAD TEAM Pediatricians and other primary care providers play an important role in educating families about healthy lifestyle choices. They are in a position to assist families with identifying risk factors such as being overweight or obese that can adversely affect health. The Primary Care Team is focused on preventing and reducing childhood obesity by partnering with pediatric practices across Polk County in a healthy habits campaign. Physicians are provided with literature and prescription pads used to facilitate conversation with patients and families regarding healthy eating and active living. These prescriptions include a place for the child to designate which healthy habits they will commit to work on and a place for the physician to document the age and BMI percentile of the child. At intervals the prescription data will be collected and compiled for tracking and comparison. “The Florida Department of Health has enjoyed a strong partnership with Polk Vision. Over the years. Our agency has been able to connect and collaborate with a strong cross-section of professions throughout Polk County. We have furthered our mission to improve health through active engagement with new partners on health and quality of life efforts.” – Joy Jackson, M.D., Florida Department of Health in Polk County 22 “We are grateful to have wonderful Polk Vision partners from many different industries and organizations who share our commitment to strengthen this community. Together, we are sharing resources and insights in order to make positive, long-lasting changes in the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Polk County.” – Elaine Thompson, Ph.D., CEO, Lakeland Regional Health G C  Ea  Re  Ge  Lim My Name