Obesity named as larges health concern in Calhoun Co.
Updated: Thursday, April 25 2013, 08:30 AM EDT
CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The findings of a first-ever major health assessment in Calhoun County just came out Thursday morning.
The large, multi-part effort uncovered some interesting information.
Beating out both heart disease and cancer by a long shot, obesity is actually the biggest health priority in Calhoun County.
For the first time three local hospitals came together to evaluate the health care landscape there. They looked at data, focus groups and interviews.
They say specifically ranking health needs is something new and was definitely challenging to compile.
This is the ranking of health priorities from greatest need on down.
Obesity, including issues with nutrition and exercise, tops the list.
Access to care seems to be a problem as well ranking second.
Then chronic disease, which includes diabetes and heart disease.
That's followed by mental health, teen pregnancy and infant mortality.
Rounding out the top ten health needs, towards the bottom of the list, you'll find addiction then cancer, oral health and finally STD's.
This assessment was a collaboration between Bronson Battle Creek, Oaklawn Hospital and Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center.
Hospital leaders say they hope these results will help make real improvements in peoples' health in Calhoun County.
Click here for the full assessment.