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Friday, September 13, 2013 12:22 AM


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LIMA — Out of 88 counties, Allen County ranks 83 with the most detrimental health behaviors including adult smoking, adult obesity, physical inactivity, excessive drinking, motor vehicle crash death rates, sexually-transmitted infections and teen birth rates.

A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute called The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program shows the rank of the health of nearly every county in the nation.

Per the county’s snapshot, which includes data from 2005 through 2011, Allen County’s health behaviors were compared to overall Ohio averages and a national benchmark — in parenthesis — and included these results:

• adult smokers, the county and state tallied 22 percent (13 percent)

• adult obesity, 37 percent and 30 percent (25 percent)

• physical inactivity, both the county and state logged 27 percent (21 percent)

• excessive drinking, 16 percent verses 18 percent (7 percent)

• motor vehicle crash deaths, both the county and state tallied 11 percent (10 percent)

• sexually-transmitted diseases, 498 in the county and 422 in Ohio (92)

• teen birth rates, 52 percent in the county as compared to 38 percent in the state (21 percent).

Given the facts and figures, the county is in need of help and that is where Activate Allen County steps in.

The Leadership Team of Activate Allen County will host a two day Health Summit which includes a Community Meal with Chef Bryant Terry at Lima Senior High School set for 5:30 - 8 p.m. Tuesday and a presentation from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by Dr. Marlene B. Schwartz, PhD on Thursday at The Veterans Memorial Civic Center. Call 419-223-6045 to check for available seating.

Activate Allen County is a public health initiative committed to reducing obesity and smoking in Lima and Allen County by promoting healthy eating, active living and a tobacco-free lifestyle. In addition, the initiative educates people about the relationship between policy, environment and community design to their health and well-being as well as focusing on changes that remove barriers and increase access to healthy behaviors.

Working in partnership with health initiatives across the County and State, Activate Allen County aims to provide everyone living in Allen County access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in places that they live, work, worship, learn and play.

The initiative was established with a Pioneering Healthier Communities Grant from the YMCA of the USA funded through the Centers for Disease Control in 2011, the Lima Family YMCA began a collaborative partnership with community leaders to develop a community action plan to address healthy eating, active living and a tobacco-free lifestyle as preventative measures to obesity and chronic disease.

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