Mon January 30, 2012
DUPAGE COUNTY-The results of a new survey of DuPage County adults covering their health status, prevalence of disease and their lifestyle practices has been released by the DuPage County Health Department. The results are available on the health department's website.
The health department has conducted a Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) four times since 1996. It provides valuable data that helps the health department make plans to improve the health of DuPage County residents. This BRFS was completed by the Northern Illinois University Public Opinion Laboratory. More than 1,100 persons were interviewed by phone.
The 2010 survey finds positive trends regarding health-related quality of life and lifestyle practices, including:
Some positive patterns also appeared in the area of preventive health practices, including:
Although positive trends were identified in 2010, challenges include the following:
Based on these results, it is clear that access to health services continues to be an area requiring attention from local public health partners.
The survey also found that DuPage County is not immune to the growing health concerns related to obesity and the rise in chronic diseases, including:
Obesity prevention and access to health services are two priority areas being addressed in the health department's 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan.
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