Healthy Jackson County announces next meeting

The Healthy Jackson County committee plans to gather once again to discuss challenges and strategies needed to reach its vision of a healthier Jackson County.

The meeting will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour.

Attendees will be asked to participate in a mapping exercise and bring working knowledge of all areas and facilities that could be used for physical activity. Local health-related events will be discussed.

Jackson and Lawrence counties have received a two-year, federally funded grant of $1.15 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help lower the obesity rate in both counties. Jackson County’s obesity rate was the highest in the state in 2012 at 39 percent, while Lawrence County weighed in at 38 percent.

Teams from Purdue University along with the local Purdue Extension office are coordinating the efforts with community partners to boost obesity prevention.

Information: 812-358-6101