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HEAL (HEALTHY EATING ACTIVE LIVING)
Healthy Eating in La Porte County
As part of the HEAL Initiative, the Healthy Eating Council is working to address food access and improve the healthy eating culture in La Porte County. It takes our county as whole – you included! – to make this happen. It is our vision that La Porte County is one of the 10 healthiest communities in Indiana by 2030. Working together is where it all starts.
How will we know what success looks like?
Success can be measured in many ways, but one way to measure the progress of the HEAL Initiative is by keeping track of indicators over time. Indicators tell a story of “how we are doing” in various areas. See below for the indicators we are using to track healthy eating progress in La Porte County!
Healthy Eating Primary Indicators
Who are obese
Who are sedentary
Food environment index
Click on the link above to visit Ten2030, the central hub of information for La Porte County, Indiana, with the most up-to-date data, dashboards, promising practices, and local resource library.
Healthy Eating Council
Jim Musial, Executive Director, Citizens Concerned for the Homeless (CCH)
Nate Loucks, President, The Pax Center
Cindy Vondra, Food Service Director, La Porte Community School Corporation
Cheryl Daurer, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels La Porte County
Terri Faulkenburg, General Manager, Northwest Health – La Porte
Virginia Pleasant, Professor and Interim Director of food Systems Initiatives / Community Food Network Director, PNW – Westville / NWI Food Council
Mary Komenas, Extension Educator - Community Development and 4-H Youth Development, Purdue Extension – La Porte County
Maria Fruth, President & CEO, Healthcare Foundation of La Porte
Food Pantry Discussion
On August 11th, 2022, 15 organizations - including 12 food pantries - gathered for the first Food Pantry Discussion at HFL to review and discuss results from a recent food access survey that was sent to food access organizations in La Porte County. It was an honor to have so many incredible organizations join us and to hear from so many different voices!
The discussion helped us better understand the successes and challenges of food pantry work in La Porte County and the challenges that those who live and work in La Porte County face in accessing food. The in-person meeting provided an opportunity for organizations to share ideas, listen, and strengthen relationships with one another. We are already looking forward to continuing the discussion as we dive deeper into the specific needs within our county and discuss food pantry best practices.
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