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Wood County Health District releases report on physical activity and nutrition habits

BOWLING GREEN —Wood County Health District has released a study of the nutrition and recreational habits of county residents and workers. The health district will establish an action plan this fall based on the results of its 2017 Nutrition and Physical Activity Health Assessment.

This study, available at http://woodcountyhealth.org under Reports and Publications, compares local survey results to state and national data to paint a picture of the health of people in Wood County. While not a random sample that can be generally applied throughout the county, the data provides information that will be used to develop wellness, activity and nutrition initiatives.

Responses from the public, when compared to those from community leaders, show a need to better promote existing recreational facilities such as parks and biking and walking trails. This will help decide where additional opportunities may be needed.

Other highlights include:

  • More than two-thirds of Wood County adults were either overweight (35 percent) or obese (35 percent) by body mass index. Being overweight or obese can lead to a wide variety of diseases.
  • 56 percent of participants reported consuming two daily servings or less of fruits and vegetables. The American Cancer Society recommends that adults eat at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of cancer and maintain good health.
  • Parents reported that only 1 percent of their children drank the recommended 10 or more servings of water per day. About 11 percent of school-age children in Wood County drink soda, punch, juice, sports drinks, energy drinks or other fruit-flavored drinks at least once per day in the past week, according to parents who participated.
  • 10 percent of people who responded reported having to choose between buying food and paying bills within the past year.

The mission of Wood County Health District is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health and Wellness Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit www.woodcountyhealth.org

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