HEALTH PRIORITY 2
FOCUS ON HEALTHY EATING/ACTIVE LIVING (HEAL)
Approximately half of survey respondents indicated that they or member of their family has been diagnosed with high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Respondents indicated they or a household family member were ever told by a doctor or health professional that they had a weight problem.
Not having reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food rose from 3.3% in 2018.
Heart disease and cancer have remained the leading causes of death in Somerset County (except possibly for the anomaly of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic). Incidence and mortality data indicate that residents of color have disproportionately higher rates of most chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, despite high screening rates among residents. Black and Latino focus group participants expressed concerns with the social and economic factors contributing to diabetes and other chronic diseases—such as affordable healthy living opportunities and access to good healthcare—more than the conditions themselves.
HOW WE’RE GETTING THERE
Ensure all residents have equitable access to education and resources to promote healthy eating and active living, and to prevent and manage chronic disease.
2.1: By December 2024, increase the number of people who can effectively manage their chronic health condition.
2.2: By December 2024, increase fruit and vegetable consumption in Somerset County.
2.3: By December 2024, increase the percentage of residents who meet current federal physical activity guidelines.