Wood County Health Department starts fitness campaign

BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) - Wood County Health Department has launched a campaign Tuesday that encourages people to get more exercise using community resources such as parks, trails and fitness events, which can be good ways to change up a routine or set an exercise goal.

According to the health department, community health data show too many people are overweight, and too few get the recommended 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Inactivity and obesity are tied to many areas of a person's health and can lead to a variety of serious diseases.

Only 28 percent of Wood County adults surveyed exercise five days or more per week. 10 percent did not have any physical activity in the last week.

Having a goal in mind can create the motivation people need to stick with an exercise routine, but many people have a tough time getting started. Wood County Health Department will advertise encouraging messages, exercise tips and photos showing the diverse parks and recreation opportunities that Wood County has to offer.

A new website, WoodCountyHealth.org/activity, lists parks and trails in different communities, as well as events such as 5Ks and fun runs, and links to recreation programs, fitness groups, SilverSneakers sites for seniors, and several links to cycling resources.

The health department's physical activity campaign will culminate Aug. 17 at the Pemberville 5-Miler, which also includes a free, 1-mile fun run, making it a great target for people of all fitness levels.

Wood County Health Department encourages people to like and share campaign messages. The agency is partnering with Pemberville Independent Merchants Association, a group working to promote area businesses and community events. PIMA and other partners have provided feedback on messages and advertising and will help evaluate the reach of the campaign.

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