Virginia’s Eastern Shore 70% of adults are overweight 33% are obese Cancer incidence 482.1/M (34/35) Cancer mortality 227.5/M (32/35) Breast cancer incidence 143/M (35/35 Breast cancer mortality 30.4/M (25/35) Source: 2005-2007 BRFSS/2002 – 2006 Va Div. Health Statistics
Virginia’s Eastern Shore(Ranking in 35 Health Districts) 42% of adults have arthritis (34th) 40% high cholesterol (23rd) 36% high blood pressure (30th) 32% no physical activity (32nd) 23% disability (29th) 22% currently smoke (24th) 12% type 2 diabetes (29th) Source: 2005-2007 BRFSS
Virginia’s Eastern Shore 26% no high school diploma 24% no health insurance coverage 20% live in poverty 64% children on free or reduced lunch
Virginia’s Eastern Shore Median HH Income: Accomack $37,000; Northampton $34,000 (rounded)(VA=$61K) Teen births: Accomack 33%; Northampton 39% (VA = 17.5%) 24% households headed by single female (16% White, 44% Black)
Our Mission:Creating a healthier Eastern Shore…
VisionWe imagine a healthier Eastern Shore emerging from livable communities where children and adults have healthy eating choices at home, school and work; walk and bicycle safely; play or exercise outdoors, in neighborhood parks, trails and open spaces; and enjoy a tobacco-free community.
Livable Communities are Healthy Places Livable Communities With less sprawl and people living in closer proximity, mass transit makes sense. A critical mass of people with transportation attracts employers that provide benefits. Available employment provides incentive to finish school. Closely located amenities naturally increases physical activity, reduces car emissions. Social Determinants With mixed income housing, better norms/new habits are established to support a better early life – reduces social exclusion. Newly developed housing gives a better sense of home/place. Employment provides security (work & food), reason to stay in school, self-esteem, health benefits.
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