Created: March 31, 2021 10:29 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Several local health organizations Wednesday announced a new tool with a specific focus on tracking childhood obesity trends, and helping identify communities across the Finger Lakes Region that are struggling with the issue.
The tool, called the Community Health Indicators Report, now provides childhood obesity data for 13 regional counties, including several in the greater Rochester area.
The program is part of a partnership between Common Ground Health, Rochester RHIO, and UR Medicine's Center for Community Health & Prevention and Clinical & Translational Science Institute.
The tracker found the overall percentage of children in the region whose weight was at or above the 95th percentile during 2018 was 19%. That number varies, as counties reported averages from 17% to 26%. For comparison, the CDC reports U.S. prevalence of childhood obesity in 2015-2016 was 19%.
In a release, it says data may be used to guide public investment that supports kids and their families with healthy weight initiatives.
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