How Healthy is Nebraska?

July 22, 2010 by Kathy Nellor

Well, that can be a complex question and not always easily answered. But a very good place to start is finding out what are our health risk factors. That is where the Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) comes in and helps out. The Nebraska BRFSS through the Department of Health and Human Services has been conducting surveys annually since 1986 for the purpose of collecting data on the prevalence of major health risk factors among adults residing in the state. Information gathered in these surveys is used to target health education and risk reduction activities throughout the state in order to lower rates of premature death and disability. Below is a summary of the health behavior risk factors reported by Nebraska adults in 2009:

  • 1 in 6 currently smoke cigarettes
  • Nearly 2 in 3 are overweight or obese
  • Nearly 1 in 3 do not meet recommended guidelines for physical activity
  • Less than 1 in 4 consume 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day

For more information, a series of fact sheets that summarize the most current data on these important health behavior risk factors can be found at: http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/brfss/Facts.htm

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