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M.A.P.P. -- Navigating to Healthier Futures

Doctors say those living in Leon County have seen a higher rate than normal when it comes to health issues.

Health officials are hoping the community finds its way back to being healthy by using "M.A.P.P."

Tallahassee resident Charles Belk drives a truck for a living--a very inactive career that can lead him down a path of unhealthiness.

Belk said, "You get diabetes, you get overweight, heart attack stroke, all kinds of things. It's terrible."

Local health officials want to get Belk and all residents on the path to healthier living.

Their guide is MAPP -- Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships.

Health experts and community members will look at the health needs of the community and address them.

Local health officials say most of the community's health problems today are lifestyle issues from the community becoming couch potatoes, to dealing with everyday stress.

Homer Rice, Ph.D.,Leon County Health Department Administrator, said, "Is it a matter of ignorance? For instance, in some places perhaps people don't know what their blood pressure should be. Perhaps people don't measure their blood pressure. Perhaps people don't realize that they they need to get regular exercise."

Committees will do a series of assessments of the availability of health care, the need for it, and community resources.

"Some of these things are cyclical." Said, Rice.

M.A.P.P. expects to develop goals and strategies and report to stakeholders by next April.

They're looking to you, the public, to tell them what you need.

If you'd like to participate in community forums, call Shelby Vidor at 850-606-8198.


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