Get Healthy CT offers tips and activities for a healthier body, mind and spirit

The holiday season can be a time of great joy and celebration with family and friends but can also lead to increased stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Get Healthy CT, the regional wellness coalition of hospitals, health departments and other health and social service providers, offers some guidance to help area residents navigate their way through the holidays in its December Monthly Health Feature, “Have a Healthy Holiday,” available online at

The information includes:

  •         Recipe for Healthy Baking During the Holidays
  •         13 Surprising Baking Substitutions
  •         Make Healthier Choices
  •         Healthy Holiday Gift Guide
  •         9 Tips for Staying Active over the Winter Holidays
  •         Walk Away the Holiday Calories
  •         11 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress
  •         Holiday Health and Safety Tips
  •         “Pass it on: Spark a Community Effort,” Chapter 12 of A Year of Being Well by The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
  •         Get Moving Today Activity Calendar

Most information in the packet is available in English and Spanish. Direct access is available at An archive of previous monthly features is also available.

Get Healthy CT focuses on a different obesity prevention topic each month and provides resources in print and online. Printed information packets are also available in some area libraries, community centers, regional health departments, and other locations.

Get Healthy CT is a community coalition that works in the greater Bridgeport, New Haven, and Greenwich regions to make the “healthy choice the easy choice.” Get Healthy CT provides information about being healthy and connects people to local resources to support healthy eating and physical activity  through its website More than 150 large and small businesses and nonprofit and community organizations have joined the coalition, along with individuals and families.

Obesity in the Region:

Obesity rates in the United States are increasing due to factors such as portion sizes, food choices, lack of convenient supermarkets in neighborhoods, consumer advertising, food costs and more sedentary lifestyles. Likewise, it is clear that obesity contributes to other serious health complications including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. According to the Greater Bridgeport Community Health Assessment (2013), survey respondents in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull report obesity rates ranging from 16% to 32%. The Greater New Haven Community Health Index (2013) lists obesity rates in the New Haven region from 18% to 31%.

About Get Healthy CT

Founded in 2010, Get Healthy CT (GHCT) is a coalition of large and small businesses and nonprofit and community organizations that are collaborating to reduce obesity in the greater Bridgeport, New Haven, and Greenwich regions. To accomplish this goal, Get Healthy CT strives to educate and encourage people to eat healthier and exercise more in order to stay healthy and productive and be the connecting point through its website to help people find affordable, healthy foods and low or no cost ways to be active. There is no cost to become a member. To learn more, visit or search for Get Healthy CT on Facebook.

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  • George Mulligan

    Nutrition and Public awareness has grown dramatically in the last decade.
    Advances in Pharmaceutical, Food, Medicine, and Integrated Healthcare are growing exponentially.

    Alcohol abuse causes physical and mental diseases, as do certain drugs. A look at the history of Beer, Wine, and Hard Alcohols makes one wonder if the history of humanity isn’t of the fittest, but of the drunkest? (I’m only partially kidding!)

    Effects of Tobacco have been debunked from government and business lies.

    Who would have thought salt abuse, could cause hypertension which leads to heart attacks and other problems.

    We throw sugar (candy) at our loved ones including children, and obesity can result?

    Football became a national past time and concussions and other medical issues are coming to the fore.

    I support the 2nd Amendment. I haven’t owned any guns, since my grandfather died about 1969. In Navy Boot camp (Sea cadet 6 years) I was trained & respect
    damage potential.
    * However 1.4 million American citizens died from gun violence since 1968 while 1.2 million died in all US Wars. Many were Black on Black crime, analogous to the jailing of Black American Males & drug traffic to black (& other) families)
    * Late 1990s Nixon’s “1999 victory without War” & McNamara’s “Retrospection”
    pointed out over 110 million humans died in wars from 1900 to almost 2000.
    * How many died from their book publish dates in late 1990s to present? For what?
    * Why are politicians SILENT on WEAPONS TRADE with the USA selling 70% of all efficient DEATH machines, while some point to monthly mass killings.
    * ALL LIVES MATTER! Police, Black, Military, Politicians, Innocents of all nationalities & others!

    Over 30 million Americans died from Aids since 1981.

    Since 1973 Roe vs. Wade about 57 million abortions were performed. Conversely, George Carlin’s famous rant shows the other side of the coin.

    Politics, money, lack of courage, and other reasons cause media and decision makers to keep from telling the WHOLE TRUTHS

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