Sedgwick County in Need of Improvement for Better Health, Report Shows

Sedgwick County residents have better health outcomes compared to the national average, but there is still room for improvement in terms of obesity levels and access to healthy foods and exercise opportunities. The County Health Rankings report reveals that almost 40 percent of adults in Sedgwick County are considered obese, which is higher than both the state of Kansas and the national averages. However, other factors also play a role in overall health outcomes for the community.

Health outcomes and health factors are assessed in the report for each county across the nation. Health outcomes indicate the average lifespan and overall physical and mental well-being of individuals in a community. Health factors, on the other hand, represent areas that individuals can work on to improve their longevity and overall health.

Sedgwick County’s health outcomes are reported to be worse than the average county in Kansas but better than the national average. In terms of health factors, Sedgwick County falls around the same as the average county in Kansas and better than the average county in the nation.

The rise in obesity levels is a growing concern nationwide, with various factors contributing to individuals becoming obese, including genetics, lifestyle choices, and limited access to healthy foods. The report highlights that one in 10 low-income residents in Sedgwick County do not have nearby grocery stores, impacting their ability to maintain a healthy diet. Additionally, sedentary lifestyles can contribute to obesity levels as well as lack of access to safe outdoor spaces for physical activity such as parks or walking trails.

Access to exercise opportunities is also examined in the report, with Sedgwick County residents falling between the state and national averages for finding places to be active. Wyatt Beckham, a senior analyst at Kansas Health Institute, suggests utilizing community parks as a way to increase exercise opportunities for residents.

Overall, individuals in Sedgwick County have better health outcomes compared to the national average

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