About Us

Healthy Lifestyles-Marshfield Area Coalition is a grassroots organization founded in 2001 to promote healthy eating and active living for those living in and around the Marshfield, WI area. The coalition includes community members, health care professionals, businesses, schools, local government, youth-serving organizations, faith-based groups, civic groups and many others.

The Healthy Lifestyles Coalition Key Principles of Healthy Living:

  • Energy in equals energy out.
  • Eat a variety of foods every day.
  • Eat appropriate portion sizes for your activity level.
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.

Our goal is to reduce the incidence of chronic disease by promoting healthy eating and active living to those in the Marshfield area.

Chronic diseases negatively affect the happiness and productivity of the Marshfield community.

Over half of Wisconsin residents (56%) are living with at least one chronic disease such as heart disease or stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, respiratory diseases, or oral disease. 1 About one-fourth of these individuals have one or more daily activity limitations. 2 Seven of the ten leading causes of death in Wisconsin, and the nation, are due to chronic diseases. 1 Additionally, chronic diseases can exacerbate symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses. Chronic diseases cost Wisconsin $1.15 billion annually and countless other billions in indirect costs including lost productivity and lost wages. 1

Prevention through lifestyle changes is powerful and cost-effective.

One in five Wisconsin adults has not exercised in the last month. 1 Regular physical activity is one of the most important things a person can do to stay healthy. Physical activity increases one’s chance of living longer; helps control weight; reduces risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, some cancers; strengthens bones and muscles; improves mental health and mood; and improves ability to do daily activities.

Three out of four Wisconsinites do not consume 5 or more fresh fruit or vegetable servings each day. 1 Good nutrition can help lower risk for many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Eating more fruits and vegetables helps reduce the risk for heart disease and certain cancers as well.

Sources:
1 Wisconsin Department of Health Services. (2011). “The epidemic of Chronic Disease in Wisconsin: Why it Matters to the Economy and What You Can Do to Help.” Access on 4/29/2016 from: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00238.pdf
2 CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2009). “The Power of Prevention: Chronic Disease… the public health challenge of the 21st century.” Accessed on 4/29/2016 from: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/pdf/2009-Power-of-Prevention.pdf