Pathweighs to Health™
Making healthy living a lifetime habit was the goal of the newly created Pathweighs to Health™ curriculum from UT Extension offered in Polk County recently. The class focus provides insight into the many aspects, both psychological and environmental, that make maintaining a healthy lifestyle such a challenge and struggle for most of us. Nutrition education historically focuses on eating healthy (fruits, vegetable, whole grains, low-fat) and promoting physical activity. If you ask most overweight people, they know they need to do this. Apparently, there is a gap between knowing what to do and having the skills and motivation to overcome barriers. A major barrier to healthy living is the “obesogenic environment” in which we all live. Pathweighs is an interactive curriculum that promotes skill building, critical thinking and problem solving to overcome barriers. Facilitating the classes in Polk County is Donna Calhoun, Family and Consumer agent. Completing this winter’s session were Sandra Gilder, Donna Hall, Teresa Yates, Sandra McAbee, Sandra Hosfetter, Esta Carver, Christie Cox, Linda Gentry and Charlotte Allen. For more information about this program or any other UT Extension program, contact Polk County Extension at 423-338-4503 or visit the website at http://polk.tennessee.edu.