Our love for Cincinnati chili and all things Porkopolis might not be doing us a favor when it comes to good health according to new county rankings released on Wednesday.
Local 12's Liz Bonis shares details in today's Medical Edge.
Jim Bradley and his dog "Rose the Wonder-dog" go walking in Devou Park at least 4 days a week. Rose loves it and so does Jim. "I miss it if I don't get a chance to walk. In fact, I'm kind of a little mean if I don't get a chance to walk."
Apparently, however, most of us don't feel that way. A new survey shows we perhaps prefer indoor activities such as eating our cheese coneys, delicious ribs, and ice cream are stacking up to some poor scores on this latest survey on the health of our community.
These rankings examine the health and well being of people living in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area based on county, but they were looking a whole lot more than just many of the simple things access to medical care, for example. They looked at child poverty rates, rates of smoking, obesity rates, access to physicians and dentist, access to healthy foods, and levels of physical activity.
That then raises the question, what can we actually have control of, or what could we do to help improve the health of our communities? Dr. Lynne Saddler of the Northern Kentucky Health Department says "It's working with schools, its working with businesses, it's working with others in the health care system that help make this happen."
She says Boone, Kenton, and Campbell County did make into the Top 25 for best rankings. But in Ohio, Hamilton County didn't even make it in the Top 50. Health Commissioner Tim Ingram says that means we need to reduce these health problems with some very specific steps. "As a community, with all the great resources that we have available, lets tackle these problems."
So why haven't we done that yet? "We are gonna do that. It's time to do that."
It also might be time to get some extra motivation which brings us back to maybe Rose the Wonder-dog??