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Community Health Improvement Plan – Obesity
There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. It’s a complex problem and there has to be a multifaceted approach. Policy makers, state and local organizations, business and community leaders, school, childcare and healthcare professionals, and individuals must work together to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle. There are several ways state and local organizations can create a supportive environment to promote healthy living behaviors that prevent obesity. For more information see the following links:
The factors leading to obesity are complex. Public health approaches that affect large numbers of different populations in multiple settings—communities, schools, worksites and healthcare facilities—are needed. Policy and environmental initiatives that create incentives to make healthy nutrition choices and physical activity opportunities available will prove most effective in combating obesity. (For more on this see Healthy Oklahoma 2020, Page 32)
The State of the State’s Health Report provides data on more than 50 indicators related to health through an interactive website. The intention of this newer site is to better explain how various health outcomes and behaviors affect the overall health status of Oklahoma residents in a user friendly format. The information (grades and data) provided are to help identify patterns that occur across the state and counties, over time, and within particular groups. (For more see this link - https://stateofstateshealth.ok.gov/) According to 2016 data, Comanche County’s overall adult obesity rate was 32%.
Obesity has important consequences on our nation’s health and economy. It is linked to a number of chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. It is evident obesity has a major impact in Comanche County, considering the number one leading cause of death in the county is heart disease, which is compounded by a poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use. (For more information on the Comanche County Assessment Obesity click link)
Following the results of the obesity assessment above, a plan was implemented. This plan reported the survey results relating to Obesity and the Objectives, Goals and Strategies to concentrate on for the next 5 years- See this link for details.
Click links for background information:
Obesity Working Group updates and greatest accomplishments as of December, 2018:
The Fit Kids (Obesity) group continues to meet each month at noon at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. To get involved with FKSWO or for more information on the local TSET Healthy Living Program contact Cristal Rivera at 580-248-5890 or email CristalR@health.ok.gov.
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