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Florida Department of Health Recognizes 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champions

Florida Department of Health Recognizes 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champions

Recently, the Florida Department of Health recognized 98 communities as the 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champions. Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. These best practice policies are reflected in the Healthy Weight Community Champion submission criteria. Between August and December 2016, local governments were invited to submit best practices they have implemented in their jurisdictions

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  • In Florida, among the 50 rankable causes of death, the two largest categories are heart disease and cancer.
  • Since 2013, HIV dropped from 1st to the 5th leading cause of death among blacks ages 25-44.
  • In 2015, Florida’s age adjusted death rate for heart disease was 152.9 per 100,000, down from 260.0 in 1996.
  • Hospitalizations for congestive heart failure and stroke are disproportionately greater for blacks than whites.
  • In 2015, 77% of Florida’s population received fluoridated water through community water systems, contributing to better oral health.
  • Every $1 invested in community water fluoridation yields approximately $38 savings in dental treatment costs.
  • 51 County Health Departments provide school-based preventive dental programs.
  • Oral screening projects have been conducted with Florida’s Third Grade and Early Head Start/Head Start populations.
  • Every $1 invested in dental sealants applied by County Health Department dental programs yields $1.88 in dental treatment savings

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  • Counts of reportable diseases are updated each week on CHARTS.
  • Heart disease death rates are declining
  • Analytic reports are available on CHARTS
  • YPLL is an estimate of premature death based ontotal years of life lost less than age 75 for a given population for a specific time period.
  • A crude rate is the total number of events in an area dividided by the population in that area.
  • Age Adjusted Rates allow populations to be compared when the age profiles of the populations are quite different.
  • Three types of rates are available for indicators in FLHealthCHARTS.com: Age Adjusted, Crude and YPLL.
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