Shawnee County Health Factors Ranked In The Bottom Half of Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)___A nationwide health report shows Shawnee County still has some ground to make up in the race of battling the bulge.

Health officials say the solution requires simple changes that will have long term effects.

When gauging health factors such as adult obesity, and physical inactivity, Johnson, Nemaha and Mcpherson counties top the list but Shawnee county falls to 61 out of the 102 ranked counties in Kansas.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is the worlds largest annual population-based phone survey system.

When looking at certain health factors, the data showed Shawnee County in the bottom half of the state. The Shawnee County Health Agency believes those numbers can easily be corrected.

Public Information Officer, Misty Kruger says, "When looking at obesity, smoking, and hypertension, we encourage people to start small and it doesn't take much to change a lifestyle. Adding more fruits and vegetables and instead of taking a 3 pm food break, take a 3 pm walk break.

Misty Kruger says some of these lasting effects wont even require shifting your daily schedule.

"Serving sizes can have a hughe impact, parking further away, ittle things really add up over time and you won't see it right away but over time you will see the impact that those changes will make."

If you are looking for a healthier lifestyle, you might be surprised at how little time it would take,and the results are ten fold.

Washburn University employee and workout enthusiast, Michael Sershen says, "It's my mental health, my physical well being and helps my strentgh, my work ethic, and state of mind. It only takes 20 minutes, three times a week and if you are watching tv, many hours a week, you can do it.

This was the first year the BRFSS used new adjustments for cell phone use in surveys. The new data means comparing it to previous years is useless.