Chronic diseases account for roughly 75% of health care costs each year, more than $10 billion per year in Kansas. As states struggle to meet the staggering costs of health care, the most cost-effective interventions are frequently overlooked. Impressive achievements in population health are possible by reducing the prevalence of risk factors that underlie chronic disease and injury.
Eat Well: Nutrition
In Butler County, 82% of residents do not consume the recommended amount of a minimum of 5 fruits and vegetables a day. In Butler County, 67.5% of residents are obese or overweight. The recommendation is a minimum of 5 fruits and vegetables. Did you know that ½ your plate each meal should be fruits and vegetables? For more information about how to get the recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables check out the links below.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Fruits and Veggies Matter
Choose My Plate
Fruits and Veggies More Matters
Move More: Physical ActivityIn Butler County, 48.6% of residents do not participate in the recommended amount of physical activity. The recommended amount of physical activity is at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more time per week.
Benefits of Physical Activity:
What counts as exercise?
• “Vigorous” exercise includes activities like jogging, running, fast cycling, aerobic classes, swimming laps, singles tennis and racquetball. These activities usually increase your heart rate, make you sweat and may cause you to breath faster or with more effort.
• “Moderate” exercise includes activities such as brisk walking, gardening, slow cycling, dancing, doubles tennis or hard work around the house
Resources in Butler County:
- Use Map My Walk (www.mapmywalk.com) or Map My Run (www.mapmyrun.com) to map your own route near your house or workplace.
- City of El Dorado Park and Recreation Department www.360eldorado.com/Government/RecProgramInfo.html
- City of Andover Park and Recreation Department www.andoverks.com/index.aspx?NID=18
- City of Augusta Park and Recreation Department www.augustagov.org/departments/parkslakes
Quit Tobacco: Cessation Resources
In Butler County, 18.8% of residents are current smokers and 7.8% use smokeless tobacco. Since the first surgeon general's report on smoking and health in 1964, 27 additional reports have concluded that tobacco use is the single most avoidable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes multiple types of cancer. Smokeless tobacco (chew) causes cancer in the oral cavity, throat, stomach and beyond.
The Kansas Tobacco Quitline www.KSquit.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) provides information and free one-on-one coaching to help tobacco users quit. The Quitline is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week online or by phone. Telephone counseling is available in English, Spanish and 150 other languages. Trained Quit Coaches provide participants support to create an individual plan for quitting tobacco and fighting cravings. This free service is available to Kansans who are ready to quit any form of tobacco.
Click on the link for the Quitline fact sheet. http://www.kdheks.gov/tobacco/download/Quitline_Fact_Sheet.pdf