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Health district to survey county residents

The Delaware General Health District has announced that 1,250 Delaware County households will be surveyed in the coming weeks about health and lifestyle.

The survey, for which the DGHD contracted with a consulting firm, is part of the 2013 Delaware County strategic planning "Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships" project, which is designed to improve the community's health.

The surveys, conducted by the Wright State University Center for Public and Urban Affairs, will gather information about Delaware County residents' health, safety and quality of life. Information will be used for community health planning by the DGHD and other community partners.

Surveyors will call Delaware County households chosen at random from local residential telephone listings. Surveys are confidential and take about 15 minutes to complete. Results will be included in a report to be released in the fall.

The last health survey, conducted in 2007, showed that more than one-third of Delaware County adult residents were classified as overweight based on their body mass index. Almost half of the adults indicated that they were trying to lose weight.

The survey showed that Delaware County's smoking rate was higher than the national rate and especially high among those 18 to 24 years of age. The survey also showed that the percentage of Delaware County adult residents being screened for colon cancer improved from 2002 to 2007, and more than half of adult residents were attempting to limit the amount of fat in their diets.

Four town hall meetings are planned as part of the 2013 Delaware County MAPP strategic planning project. During these meetings residents can share their thoughts about health care issues and quality of life in Delaware County. The meetings will be held in August and September; dates, times and meeting places will be announced.

For more information on the health survey, the town hall meetings or the 2013 MAPP project, contact Rosemary Chaudry, DGHD assessment coordinator, at 740-203-2081 or rchaudry@delawarehealth.org.

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