How Are We Doing?

It is imperative that OWN it measures the success of each initiative. Each action team is asked to put measurements into place so that level of impact can be assessed and determined. OWN it also partners with Healthy Living Alliance (www.hlaspringfield.org) to provide the most current dashboard measurements for top health concerns.

Dashboard Indicators

Adults Who Are Obese Adults Who Are Sedentary Child Abuse Rate Poor Mental Health Days Annual Ozone Air Quality Children Living Below Poverty Level

Adults Who Are Obese

What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of adults aged 18 and older who are obese according to the Body Mass Index (BMI). The BMI is calculated by taking a person’s weight and dividing it by their height squared in metric units (BMI = Weight (Kg)/[Height (m) ^ 2]). A BMI >=30 is considered obese.

Why this is important:
The percentage of obese adults is an indicator of the overall health and lifestyle of a community. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, respiratory problems, and osteoarthritis. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight help to prevent and control these diseases. Being obese also carries significant economic costs due to increased healthcare spending and lost earnings.Click here for more info »

Adults Who Are Sedentary

What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of adults (ages 20 and up) who did not participate in any leisure-time activities (physical activities other than their regular job) during the past month.

Why this is important:
Adults who are sedentary are at an increased risk of many serious health conditions. These conditions include obesity, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. In addition, physical activity improves mood and promotes healthy sleep patterns. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that adults perform physical activity three to five times each week for 20 to 60 minutes at a time to improve cardiovascular fitness and body composition. The ACSM also recommends that you include strength and flexibility training in your exercise program. If you are not currently exercising, please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.Click here for more info »

Child Abuse Rate

What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the number of children under 18 years of age that experienced abuse or neglect in cases per 1,000 children. Rates are based on probable cause incidents of child abuse or neglect.

Why this is important:
There are several types of child abuse including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Child abuse and neglect can have enduring physical, intellectual, and psychological repercussions into adolescence and adulthood. All types of child abuse and neglect have long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work, and at school.Click here for more info »

Poor Mental Health Days

What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the average number of days that adults reported their mental health was not good in the past 30 days.

Why this is important:
Psychological distress can affect all aspects of our lives. It is important to recognize and address potential psychological issues before they become critical. Occasional down days are normal, but persistent mental/emotional health problems should be evaluated and treated by a qualified professional.Click here for more info »

Annual Ozone Air Quality

What is this Indicator?
This indicator gives a grade to each county in the U.S. based on the annual number of high ozone days.

Why this is important:
Ozone is an extremely reactive gas composed of three oxygen atoms. It is the primary ingredient of smog air pollution and very harmful to breathe. Ozone essentially attacks lung tissue by reacting chemically with it. It also damages crops, trees and other matter — even breaking down rubber compounds.Click here for more info »

Children Living Below Poverty Level

What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of people under the age of 18 who are living below the federal poverty level.

Why this is important:
Family income has been shown to affect a child’s well-being in numerous studies. Compared to their peers, children in poverty are more likely to have physical health problems like low birth weight or lead poisoning, and are also more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems. Children in poverty also tend to exhibit cognitive difficulties, as shown in achievement test scores, and are less likely to complete basic education.
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Other Community Measurements

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