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Health Department Completes Behavioral Risk Survey

Monday April 3, 2006

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (March 31, 2006)  Nearly four of every five Louisville adults participate in some form of physical activity each month other than their job.  This is according to an extensive telephone survey recently completed by the Louisville Metro Health Department.  The Health Department surveyed 2000 adults throughout Louisville to get a snapshot of the community on a host of health measures ranging from access to health care, to smoking rates, to physical activity. 

The survey tool, called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) was designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This year’s survey will serve as a base line to allow us to measure our progress in future years,” said Metro Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman. 

According to Troutman, analysis also included dividing the Louisville Metro area into five contiguous areas, each comprised of Metro Council Districts. 

“This will give Council Members, as well as neighborhood residents, more details on the area in which they live,” Troutman said.  “This data will also guide the Health Department in our decisions of where we should focus various health initiatives.”

Some survey results include the following:

• One in every six adults in Louisville (16.7%) rates their health as “fair” or “poor” and more than 29% of African American females reported “fair” or “poor” health.
• More than 13% of Louisville adults, or more than 70,500 adults, have no health care coverage of any kind.  This percent is similar to the percent for Kentucky and the US.  More than 21% of African American females reported no coverage.
• Almost one in five adults (19.4%) reported illnesses or symptoms from outdoor air pollution during the past year.
• More than one in every four Louisville adults (27.2%) and Kentucky adults (27.5%) reported that they currently smoke. This is higher than the national rate of 20.8%.

Additional bright spots in the report include the following:

• Almost 77% of Louisville adults 65 years of age and older received an influenza shot during the past year.  This is higher than the percent for Kentucky (64%) and for the US (68%).
• Almost 69% of Louisville adults 65 years of age and older have ever received a pneumonia shot. This is higher than the percent for Kentucky (58%) and slightly higher than the US percent (65%).
• Nearly four of every five Louisville adults (79%) reported participating in some form of physical activity during the past month, outside their job. This is higher than the Kentucky percent (70%) and slightly higher than the US percent (77%).

Complete survey results are available on the Health Department web site at www.louisvilleky.gov/Health.

The mission of the Louisville Metro Health Department is to protect, preserve and promote the health, environment and well-being of the people of Louisville.  To learn more about the Health Department’s programs and services go to www.louisvilleky.gov/health.


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