A recent Community Health Summit at UCA continued a six-month study of the community’s most pressing health needs. The summit included a report by officials with Stratasan, a national health care research company, and brainstorming sessions with about 80 leaders representing a variety of segments of the community.
During the summit officials with Stratasan gave a presentation on some of the county’s most pressing health related issues. According to the data, individuals in Faulkner County are above or near the state average when it comes to health care concerns but worse than the national average in all categories.
• 33 percent of individuals living in Faulkner County are considered obese, which is one percentage point higher than the state average per county. The National average is 26 percent
. • At 13 percent Faulkner County ranks one percentage point higher than the state average for binge drinking The national average is 8 percent.
• At 10 percent Faulkner County is one percentage point lower than the state average and one percentage point higher than the national average.
• Fewer people in Faulkner County smoke than the state average but at 19 percent the number is five percentage points higher than the national average.
• 28 percent of people in Faulkner County participate in exercise and dieting which is three percentage points higher than the state average and four percentage points lower than the national average.
The summit was hosted by Conway Regional, which will work to build a coalition of community leaders to address these issues. The presentation from the summit is available.
A final report to the community on the top health needs of Faulkner County is expected in January.
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