Healthier by 2020 is a United Way of the Wabash Valley initiative that fosters healthy lifestyles through improved access to healthy foods, health education, and active-living opportunities. By focusing on the community effort of healthy behaviors with its initiative programs, the goal is to decrease the percentage of adults and children who are obese from 30% to 25% by 2020.
In Indiana, 65% of adults are overweight or obese.
1 in 5
Only 1 in 5 adults consume the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables.
66% of adults in the Wabash Valley get little to no exercise.
Healthier by 2020! Solutions
Wabash Valley Mobile Market
A traveling produce market that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to over 20 Wabash Valley food desert locations, where individuals and families find it challenging to maintain healthy eating habits. With a focus on low income areas and demographics with limited mobility, this program encourages healthier eating habits and works to decrease the incidence of diet-related chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Customers can use cash, credit/debit cards, and food stamps (EBT/SNAP cards) to buy an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables at costs that are typically lower than grocery stores.
- In 2017 there were 5,475 shopping trips to the Mobile Market.
- In 2016 we sold 8,560 pounds of bananas!
Community Teaching Kitchens
A multi-session program taught at various locations throughout the community, to teach people how to make a healthy, low-cost, quick meal in 30 minutes. Participants learn valuable skills to help them make healthier food choices for themselves and their families along with useful kitchen habits and cooking skills.
In 2016, 115 participants in Community Teaching Kitchen programs. 91% of participants stated their knowledge of healthy eating habits increased because of the Community Teaching Kitchens.
A website dedicated to promoting an exercise community throughout the Wabash Valley by sharing free and affordable physical activity opportunities and resources. This program strives to support and encourage active lifestyles by providing a place for exercise opportunities to be shared and enjoyed with friends.
Swim by 7
A partnership with the Vigo County School Corporation to provide transportation for a program that allows all kindergarten students in Vigo County schools to have the opportunity to participate in a week-long program that offers five hours of swim instruction and promotes healthy activities.