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Domain 1: Healthy Eating & Active Living

Diet and body weight are related to health status. Good nutrition is important to the growth and development of children. A healthful diet also helps Americans reduce their risks for many health conditions, including:

  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Malnutrition
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Some Cancers

Because weight is influenced by energy (calories) consumed and expended, interventions to improve weight can support changes in diet or physical activity. They can help change individuals' knowledge and skills, reduce exposure to foods low in nutritional value and high in calories, or increase opportunities for physical activity.

Source: Healthy People 2020

Percent of Adults Participating in 150 Minutes or More of Physical Activity Per Week

Worcester
56.7%
State National
56.3% 51.7%
Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2011

Why this is important:

Individuals who are active the recommended 150 minutes per week are less likely to be overweight or obese and less likely to suffer chronic disease.

 

 

Percent of Adults Over 60 Participating in Any Physical Activity in the Past Month

Worcester
67.7%
State National
72.4% N/A
Source: MA Healthy Aging Community Data Profile (Estimated based on BRFSS data), 2007-2011

Why this is important:

These values are estimates of the percent of adults that have participated in any physical activity during the month prior to the survey. Regular physical activity is recommended to maintain optimal health.

 

 

Adults Who Have Consumed Fruits and Vegetables Five or More Times Per Day

Worcester
24.3%
State National
26.2% N/A
Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2011

Why this is important:

Individuals who eat the recommended 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day are less likely to be overweight or obese and less likely to suffer chronic disease.

 

 

Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Adults

Worcester
61.4%
State National
58.9% 63.4%
Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2011

Why this is important:

Prevalence of overweight and obesity is used by the Department of Health and Human Services as a Leading Health Indicator, used to quantify the overall health of communities.

 

 

Percentage of Children in Grade One Who Are a Healthy Weight

Worcester
61.2%
2015 Goal
64.2%
State National
63.7% N/A
Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, School Health Unit, "The Status of Childhood Weight in Massachusetts," 2011

Why this is important:

This value is collected annually by public schools and reported to the MA Department of Public Health. Childhood obesity is a risk factor for chronic diseases later in life. This value is used in the Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan as an indicator of success in the area of healthy eating and active living.

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