The Need

A soaring obesity rate amongst all age groups and some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease in the state are some of the health challenges that Barron County faces today. Surveys of Barron County adults and youth show high rates of obesity and low rates of physical activity. The increasing obesity rate seen in our children is also a problem in Barron County.

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The Cumberland School district recently found 23% of students measured were obese, compared to a state-wide rate of 13.5% of students, and national rate of 18% of students. High school youth surveys given at all Barron County school districts in 2008 showed that 75.4% of students did not meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Even more alarming is 48.2% of Barron County students did not participate in physical activity classes in a normal week.

Well over half of all Barron County adults are overweight or obese, and physical inactivity is commonplace. Because of this, adults in our county have higher rates of cardiovascular disease than the rest of Wisconsin.

Be Well Barron County will work to increase physical activity, improve diets and decrease obesity, which will result in the prevention of chronic diseases, as well as increasing the quality of life for Barron County residents.