Let’s Move Blair County is a spin-off of the nationwide program Let’s Move! Our focus is on helping our community make healthier choices about food, nutrition, and physical activity.
The Let’s Move Blair County Committee is implementing programs/activities to address obesity, encourage physical activity, and impact the incidence of diabetes. One of their goals is to encourage the integration of health and wellness into every aspect of community life by coordinating and collaborating with all other agencies currently working on this effort. Meetings are scheduled the third Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am.
Accomplishments and Activities:
With the support of the Blair County Board of Commissioners, Blair County became a national Let’s Move Cities, Towns, and Counties site. A launch event was held in five communities with over 380 participants and 85 volunteers participating in educational and physical activities promoting the overall message of eating healthy, getting active, and having fun.
Each of our three local hospitals as well as other community agencies provide classes/programs on healthier eating, physical activity, diabetes education, and stress reduction.
Sponsored a Let’s Move Lunch and Learn for Early Childcare Providers.
Utilize and distribute the HBCC promotional and MyPlate resource materials and coordinate and collaborate with other organizations that are currently working on this effort.
The second Let’s Move Blair County Day was held at the Altoona Curve in April 2017 (4700 in attendance, 216 HBCC tickets, and 422 participated in the health fair).
HBCC supports the efforts of the Blair County Planning Commission to increase opportunities for physical activity by creating walking routes through a project called WalkWorks. Their Board adopted a “health in all policies” which is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.
HBCC supports the efforts of the Blair County Conservation District’s Urban Ag grant to target food deserts in Blair County. They are providing workshops, promoting community gardens, working with farmers markets, etc.
Participate in the downtown Altoona Annual Halloween Harvest Festival.
Sponsored a Faith-Based Wellness Networking Session on the role of the faith community in health & wellness.