Analysis shows adults in 3 Fox Valley counties are overweight or obese
(WLUK) -- An analysis of some medical data has concluded that 3 out of 4 adults in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties are considered at least overweight or obese.
That data was collected by an organization called "The Weight of the Fox Valley" found adults in the Fox Valley needs to lose weight.
"Weight bubbles up to the top because it tied in so closely with other chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, other things," said Sarah Wright, Weight of the Fox Valley program manager
With help from Ascension, Aurora Health Care and ThedaCare , The Weight of the Fox Valley collected Body Mass Index data from 91,908 unidentified adults who visited their health care provider in 2016.
To help you understand Body Mass Index (BMI), for a person who is 5 feet 1 inches tall and weighs around 110 pounds the Centers for Disease normal weight range for someone my height would be from 98 to 132 pounds.
The Weight of the Fox Valley says it's using BMI to help gauge the community as a whole. With that new data, what's next?
"We will use that to monitor our progress along the way and to help draw attention to this cause so that we can attract funders, attract people that want to work together and we're looking at evidence based solutions," Wright said.
The organization is also working to promote a healthy lifestyle.
"To be active on a daily basis, I believe is so important for individuals," said Dr. Thomas Zoch, The Weight of the Fox Valley co-chair.
"Our website has access to all the trails and parks in the whole tri-county area... we are trying to educate people about what's already out there and then we're working on some signage for example of how to get to what's already there, working on safe parks," Wright said.
The Weight of the Fox Valley says it also offers wellness programs for schools and businesses.