Title

Obesity Health and Risk Factors for Kittitas County

Presenter Information

Monte McGrath
Monte McGrath

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 201

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

This study examines the Kittitas County Health Data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury. More than 350,000 adults are interviewed each year, making the BRFSS the largest telephone health survey in the world. States use BRFSS data to identify emerging health problems, establish and track health objectives, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs. Many states also use BRFSS data to support health-related legislative efforts. The research project further compares Kittitas County Health data averages from the BRFSS to Washington State as a whole. Statistical concepts such as regression, variances and ANOVA to evaluate the impact exercise have on obesity. The information will be useful, for example, to determine the amount of exercise it takes to lower the BMI average from the sample. It is common knowledge that people who exercise are less obese than people who do not, however this study shows the significance of exercise specifically to obesity. In conclusion, this study will provide useful information on the health habits of the citizens of Kittitas County in relation to the broader state-level data.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dominic Klyve

Additional Mentoring Department

Mathematics

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Obesity Health and Risk Factors for Kittitas County

SURC 201

This study examines the Kittitas County Health Data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury. More than 350,000 adults are interviewed each year, making the BRFSS the largest telephone health survey in the world. States use BRFSS data to identify emerging health problems, establish and track health objectives, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs. Many states also use BRFSS data to support health-related legislative efforts. The research project further compares Kittitas County Health data averages from the BRFSS to Washington State as a whole. Statistical concepts such as regression, variances and ANOVA to evaluate the impact exercise have on obesity. The information will be useful, for example, to determine the amount of exercise it takes to lower the BMI average from the sample. It is common knowledge that people who exercise are less obese than people who do not, however this study shows the significance of exercise specifically to obesity. In conclusion, this study will provide useful information on the health habits of the citizens of Kittitas County in relation to the broader state-level data.