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SDHD's mission statement: "leading a collaborative effort to build a healthier community through improved access to health services, education and disease prevention."
Vision statement: “A healthy community for all”.
Siouxland District Health Department will be closed Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. Thank you to all our military personnel for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom.
Regular office hours will resume on Thursday.
Local Businesses Receive Awards for Healthy Vending
In September 2014, Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD) received funding by the CDC’s Partnerships in Community Health (PICH) initiative to work to increase the number of people with access to healthy food and beverage options and physical activity opportunities.
One way SDHD has met that goal was by working with local businesses to increase the number of healthier options in vending machines and in cafeterias. SDHD has completed Nutritional Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) assessments on all vending machines located at three Woodbury County businesses: New Perspectives, Inc., Siouxland Medical Education Foundation (SMEF), and Sabre Industries. A NEMS assessment for cafeterias was also completed for Unity Point Health St. Luke’s.
A NEMS-V assessment was completed at each business and results of the assessments along with recommendations for changes were shared with the businesses and the vending machine product providers, Premium Food and Beverage and Chesterman Company. The product providers analyzed sales of the machines, replaced items with lower sales with healthier options and marked all healthier product options with a yellow or green sticker or product pusher. SDHD then completed a reassessment of all vending machines.
All four business locations have made changes to their environment making it easier for their employees and the individuals they serve to make healthier choices. According to Andrea Lesline, LEC Manager at NPI, “In the Life Enrichment Center at New Perspectives, we have been moving toward healthier cooking and nutrition activities. Adding healthier alternatives to the vending machines was a very simple process and it has benefited not only our members, but our employees as well. We have seen a change in our members purchasing habits. More members are choosing the healthier options because they can easily identify them with the yellow pusher or sticker. They are also starting to bring healthier lunch options as well. This has greatly supported our efforts to help our members make informed decisions about what they are choosing to eat.”
SMEF has received a Silver Award of Distinction for having both of their vending machines with at least 40% of food or 65% of beverage choices identified as healthy. NPI has received a Bronze Award of Distinction for having all five vending machines with at least 30% of food and 55% of beverage choices identified as healthy. Sabre Industries also received a NEMS-V Bronze Award of Distinction for having all 16 machines receive either a bronze or a silver award. The awards are based on the recommended criteria for healthy food choices based on the Institute of Medicine Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools.
A NEMS assessment for cafeterias was completed at Unity Point Health St. Luke’s. They scored 32 out of a possible 37 points. Recommendations for improving signage was provided and new electronic menus will be used to help the consumer easily identify the healthier options in all sections of the cafeteria.
Woodbury County businesses interested in providing employees with healthier food and beverage options may contact Angela Drent at 279-6119 or
for more information.
SDHD Publishes Quarterly Newsletter
SDHD publishes a quarterly newsletter to share with community partners and Woodbury County residents. The intent is to share information and resources that is of interest to Siouxland residents. If you are looking for more information on any stories, please don't hesitate to contact Siouxland District Health Department at 712-279-6119.
View the latest edition published in June 2015 or look at past issues.
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