Healthy Eating & Active Living


Initial focus on obesity

The State Health improvement plan includes goals to reduce adult
and childhood obesity.

Twenty-seven percent of adults in Sullivan County are obese, and
24% of adults are physically inactive. Among adults, the rates in this
region are similar to the state averages. Among children, obesity is
more common among third graders in Sullivan County (17.4%)
compared to the stateaverage (12.6%). Both hospital community
health needs assessments identified poor nutrition and lack of
physical activity among the top ten priority areas.

Catherine Bardier

Catherine Bardier Director, Wellness and Community Health at New London Hospital (NLH), Healthy Eating & Active Living Chair

Catherine sits on the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Advisory Board and is the Chair of its Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) workgroup. She also serves on the Executive Committee for Dartmouth - Hitchcock Partners for Community Wellness.
In her current role as the Director of Wellness and Community Health, Catherine oversees the Wellness Connection Coalition and its subgroup, The Employer Network. In addition to leading The Wellness Connection, she is also responsible for the New London Hospital employee wellness program.