The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

May 3, 2013

LEVINE: Health issues still a concern for residents

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The biggest problem area is the county’s 92nd ranking in health factors, which includes a 99th ranking in health behaviors.

Smoking increased and physical inactivity continues to be a problem. These are issues that improve with increased education. Clinton County isn’t the only place having problems with physical inactivity, considering the shift of children’s entertainment and workplace environments that require massive amounts of sitting all day.

Many parts of the country are struggling to get kids and adults off the couch, away from their computers or video games, and getting them outside. Motivation through school has enhanced in the U.S. to keep kids active, so hopefully physical activity increases over time.

For adults, the modern workplace hinders our ability to stay fit. That’s why it is nice that Clinton has a committee focused on marketing the benefits of better health, and hopefully that message will be catered to local businesses, to help business owners develop new options to keep employees healthier and more alert while working.

And so far, it does appear the committee has helped in one particular area. Physical environment has gotten better each year since 2010. In 2010, the county’s physical environment ranked 98th out of 99 counties. The county now ranks 76th.

This is helped by a strong commitment to safe drinking water, increased access to healthy foods and access to recreational facilities.

There are definitely issues that need to be resolved in regards to the health of Clinton County residents. The focus on improving the health of all citizens has seen an increase in the previous few years, and with time, it will only get better.

Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at scottlevine@clintonherald.com.

 

 

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