Faulkner County: Community Analysis

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Faulkner county is located in central Arkansas. According to the U.S Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 664 square miles, of which 648 square miles is land and 16 square miles (2.4%) is water. Population as of July 2015 is 121,552 with a 7.3% increased since April 2010. There are a variety of different races combined to make up the population of Faulkner County. Non-Hispanic whites make up 84.3%, non-hispanic African Americans make up 11.6%, and American Indian and Alaska Native make up 0.7% of the population. Asian (1.3%), Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (0.1%), and two or more races (1.9%) are more races that make up Faulkner County diverse population. (?County health ranking,)
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According to the Healthy People of 2020 topic nutrition and weight status, the goal is to promote health and reduce chronic disease risk through the consumption of healthful diets and achievement and maintenance of healthy body weights. People with healthy diets consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods across the food groups, they limit the intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, sodium, and alcohol, and, lastly, they intake calories to meet caloric needs. Healthy weights will decrease the chances of developing chronic disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some …show more content…
Adults diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2009 were 33% in relation to 34.4% for the state. The statistics show the reason for this health concern in my community.
After completing the fieldwork in my community, the primary community resources involved in the health concern related to obesity are the community sport centers and the food banks. When talking to dieticians, physicians, and community members working to improve this health concern, the common goal is weight management through physical activity and healthy diets. Each person stated that individuals must learn how to eat healthy. Elizabeth Hogan believes families are so busy now, that fast food is an easy solution. She states, ?We need to eat more meals prepared at home rather fast food meals on the go.?
In an interview with Dr. Cummins, he states ?Just walking 30 minutes a day is a great start for anyone.? While interviewing a health coach, he stated that he offers free workout programs to members of the community for free. The community?s sport centers offers space and indoor walking trails for residents to obtain some physical activity for free rather than joining a gym at a

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