Local Organization Promotes Healthy Eating and Active Living

Local Organization Promotes Healthy Eating and Active Living

Fit Together Northwest Connecticut (NWCT) is a healthy eating, active living initiative that was founded in 2010. With a mission to build the healthiest kids, families, and communities in our corner of CT, Fit Together uses sustainable strategies to help reverse trends in physical inactivity, poor nutrition, childhood obesity, and other chronic conditions.

In December 2010, a group of health focused individuals and organizations, convened by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, gathered to combine resources and build what is now known as Fit Together NWCT, a healthy eating, active living community based organization in Torrington and Winchester, CT.

With the help of dedicated steering and advisory committees as well as a supportive community, Fit Together NWCT has accomplished many projects inline with their mission. They have assisted in producing a county-wide health needs assessment, drafting a wellness policy for Torrington public schools and childcare centers, and creating an extensive Community Action Plan (CAP), among other projects.

Continuing with the work outlined in their CAP, Fit Together NWCT’s most recent initiatives involve the creation of a workplace wellness toolkit for local businesses, town renovations to create more trails and to make Torrington more pedestrian-friendly, supporting Nourishing School Gardens and KiDSMARATHON in schools, and the implementation of 5-2-1-0, a community wide health messaging effort.

5-2-1-0 is an initiative that began in Maine and it stands for a daily health message: 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less recreational screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks per day. Fit Together NWCT has incorporated this message into each of its initiatives and is actively working in disseminating the message in the early childhood and healthcare sectors.

For more information on Fit Together NWCT and its healthy eating active living initiatives, visit their website www.FitTogetherNWCT.org where you will find several useful resources for Torrington and Winchester residents. You will also discover the option to subscribe to their newsletter, which is released every few months to update the community on news and events.

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