Living Healthy in Washington County

Supporting and Inspiring Longer, Healthier Lives


Living Health in Washington County Logo Living Healthy in Washington County (LHWC) is part of the Statewide Health Improvement Program effort to address obesity and chronic disease. By working with communities, employers, schools and health care providers, the initiative strives to create and support policies and environments that make it easier for residents to incorporate healthy actions into their daily routines.

Living Healthy in Washington County is making a positive difference across the community through better nutrition, more physical activity, and reduced tobacco use and exposure.

Early Detection


Almost every American family is in some way adversely affected by disease:
  • cancer 
  • heart disease 
  • high blood pressure 
  • diabetes 
  • osteoporosis  
  • arthritis
Chronic diseases are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health issues. Health screening and regular physical exams are an important part of preventive care, and early detection is the first step in treatment to save lives, reduce health care costs, and avoid disability or premature death.

Food and Nutrition


What we eat has an impact on our health, both in how we feel today and our health risks over a lifetime. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. There are many delicious and healthy foods to eat. Here are four easy nutrition tips to follow:
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
  • Choose whole grains at least half the time.
  • Drink water instead of sweetened beverages.

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Physical Activity


Being physically activity is one of the most important ways to improve overall health and fitness, and prevent chronic disease. The main thing is to be active for 30 minutes a day, in ways that you enjoy and can sustain over a lifetime. Walking, biking, skiing – whatever you choose, get started, be flexible, and have fun.

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Tobacco Cessation


Tobacco use is a true addiction, and the decision to quit is one that only you can make. Talk with your health care provider or check out the following resources. Some health plans also offer a variety of resources such as classes, support groups, quit lines, or individual counseling for members.

Resources for Quitting


Worksite Health Promotion 


The LHWC team works with employers to provide consultations, resources, and networking services through the Washington County Worksite Health Partnership for worksite health programs. The Partnership meets on a quarterly basis and is free to any interested employer or worksite in the county. 

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