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City of Eau Claire (WI) considers "obesity map"
WQOW Eau Claire ^ | May 16, 2013 6:20 PM CDT | Emily Valerio

Posted on 05/17/2013 8:29:21 AM PDT by Sopater

Eau Claire (WQOW) - There's no debating that obesity is a serious problem in this country. What may be open for debate is what the government can do to address it.

Eau Claire's Comprehensive Plan has a health chapter. It's a lengthy document designed to encourage healthy living. There are many ways a city could go about doing that. One of several ideas the city is proposing is an "obesity map".

City of Eau Claire Associate Planner, Ned Noel, says, "So that the map would describe possible areas that people are more overweight."

It's a unique step that's never been done in Eau Claire before. The data would be calculated using the body mass index.

"By mapping we can get a sense of what neighborhoods in the community that might need some more attention," says Lieska Giese, with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

Those areas could potentially see more walking trails, parks, or even a community garden.

Eau Claire resident, Heather Thom, says, "I think it's a great idea, I've struggled with my weight my whole life and just having more options of things to do, and Eau Claire is a great town to do things outside. I think that's an awesome idea."

Eau Claire resident, Mari Griffith, says, "I think that's really invasive of the city to even try and do something like that, they can look around the city and find parts that don't have parks or trails and just put them in for everybody to enjoy. They don't need to know where the quote on quote, "bigger people" live, in order to improve the city that way."

One concern expressed by some community members is this is an overstep in privacy. WQOW News 18 asked the city how it plans to collect the data without violating any HIPPA laws.

Noel says, "We'd want to work with group partners whether it is insurers, or hospitals, or schools, or the university."

Here's an example of how it could work: your insurance company may have your BMI on file. By law, it can share that information as long as other information that would identify you is not released. So what can be shared is the BMI of person "X" who lives in a certain neighborhood.

"By doing things at a community level or a systems level, we can make a difference in health. So not just, telling someone to exercise but actually making sure that there's a safe neighborhood for them to exercise in," says Giese.

The obesity mapping policy is just one part of the comprehensive health plan. The city says this summer the plan commission will hold a public hearing and the city council will eventually vote for final approval on the plan.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: agenda21; freedom; zoning
Here is a link to the entire document.

A "health" chapter in their Comprehensive Plan? God help us.
1 posted on 05/17/2013 8:29:21 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

When do they come out with the homosexual and/or promiscuity map? These are unhealthy behaviors.


2 posted on 05/17/2013 8:33:12 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Sopater

Eau Claire is not that large of a city. Any investigators could get the skinny on the locals by popping into a number of diners and luncheonettes and observing who eats what.


3 posted on 05/17/2013 8:35:01 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Sopater

Oh, good grief! “I’m fat because I can’t afford to live where the government hasn’t provided nice, pretty places for me to walk around”?

What is this poor slob going to ask for when his weight balloons in the winter because it’s too cold to comfortably go outside? Ask the government to make it warmer? Move him to a warmer climate?

This might not be the height of absurdity, but you can see it from there.


4 posted on 05/17/2013 8:35:44 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: Sopater

I think we should offer [an offer they can’t refuse] all these do-gooders a trip to China to a Dissident Re-education Camp for sympathizing, evil controllers who have no earthly value.


5 posted on 05/17/2013 8:37:23 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Sopater

When do they come out with the Gossips area?

These snoops would be the perfect group to know about minding other people’s business.


6 posted on 05/17/2013 8:39:26 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Sopater

I can see it now; “Newspaper Sued After Publishing Map Showing Where Registered Fat People Live”


7 posted on 05/17/2013 8:40:08 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Sopater

Jail these imbeciles.

Hard labor behind bars needs to be reinstituted.

It’s a source of amazement to me what a low level of respect government personnel have for the American people. They enjoy treating the citizenry like animals.


8 posted on 05/17/2013 8:41:45 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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They enjoy treating the citizenry like animals.

S'ok. I enjoy treating burro-craps like light pole decorations. ;)

/johnny

9 posted on 05/17/2013 8:44:53 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

Government paid gym membership with government paid transportation to and from the gym. Some pay to offset any time he might have to take off work, free child care while he works out. Free athletic clothes and shoes. I probably missed something.


10 posted on 05/17/2013 8:51:19 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

just burn all the fattie’s houses down.

foraging keeps you thin, comrade.


11 posted on 05/17/2013 8:58:06 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Sopater

Food Stamps are fattening.


12 posted on 05/17/2013 8:58:53 AM PDT by csmusaret (America is more divided today , not because of the problems we face but because of Obama's solutions)
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To: Sopater; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Eau Claire BMI map promoted by government. I’m told by my doctors that BMI will used by Obamacare to regulate whether, or not, those on Medicare will receive certain services (such as joint replacements).

And they laughed at Sarah Palin’s references to ‘death panels’.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


13 posted on 05/17/2013 9:05:43 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Dr. Sivana

>> Any investigators could get the skinny on the locals

...so to speak.


14 posted on 05/17/2013 9:36:17 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Sopater

Ironic that a city whose name sounds like a donut would do this.


15 posted on 05/17/2013 9:46:52 AM PDT by married21
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To: married21

Rejects from the University of Wisconsin-Madison end up at UW-Oak Lair to hone their totalitarian skills. Yep, Eau Clair is a college town. ‘Nuff said.


16 posted on 05/17/2013 9:52:36 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: IbJensen

In In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled City of Eau Claire (WI) considers “obesity map”, IbJensen wrote:
“Jail these imbeciles”

No pepper the medium with condemnation for promoting the idiocy. Bet that station hasn’t made a mention about Bengahzi or the IRS except probably to defend the regimes actions.


17 posted on 05/17/2013 10:07:03 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Sopater

I bet ground zero is City Hall


18 posted on 05/17/2013 10:09:01 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: married21
Ironic that a city whose name sounds like a donut would do this.

I didn't think of that... but yeah, it's ironic.
19 posted on 05/17/2013 10:50:53 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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Here they are... The council is, front row from left, Monica Lewis, David Klinkhammer, David Strobel, Bob Von Haden, and back row from left, Michael Moua Xiong, Kathy Mitchell, Dave Duax, Eric Larsen, Andrew Werthmann, Catherine Emmanuelle and President Kerry Kincaid.Eau Claire City Council members photographed on April, 16, 2013.

http://www.eauclairewi.gov/index.aspx?page=357
20 posted on 05/17/2013 10:56:09 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Sopater


First picture didn't work...
21 posted on 05/17/2013 11:01:56 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: married21

*rolling eyes* It’s not EEEclaire, it’s Oh-claire. Idiot.


22 posted on 05/17/2013 2:35:01 PM PDT by Ladysmith (Every time another lib loses its job, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: Ladysmith

You don’t have to call me an idiot. I know it’s really pronounced “oh”. It just made me think of eclairs anyway. That’s not idiocy, it’s craving!


23 posted on 05/17/2013 3:03:42 PM PDT by married21
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To: Sopater

24 posted on 05/17/2013 3:36:45 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: Sopater

These people are ghoulish and depressing. That’s the Marxist/fascist way to motivate fat people to have fun outside.


25 posted on 05/18/2013 10:48:45 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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