Sedgwick County in Need of Improvement for Better Health, Report Shows

Sedgwick County residents have worse health outcomes than the average county in Kansas but better than the national average, according to a new report by County Health Rankings. The rise in obesity levels is a growing concern nationwide, with various factors contributing to individuals becoming obese, including genetics, lifestyle choices, and limited access to healthy foods.

One in 10 low-income residents in Sedgwick County do not have nearby grocery stores, impacting their ability to maintain a healthy diet. This highlights the importance of addressing food deserts and increasing access to fresh produce and nutritious foods.

The report also examines access to exercise opportunities, with Sedgwick County residents falling between the state and national averages for finding places to be active. Wyatt Beckham, a senior analyst at Kansas Health Institute, suggests utilizing community parks as a way to increase exercise opportunities for residents. This could include offering more outdoor activities such as walking trails or sports courts.

Despite these challenges, individuals in Sedgwick County have better health outcomes compared to the national average. However, there is still much work to be done in order to improve overall health outcomes for the community. This includes addressing food deserts and increasing access to healthy foods and exercise opportunities for all residents.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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