Study checks the pulse of Levy health

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Adult smokers are on the decline in Levy County, but work remains to be done on the Healthiest Weight initiative, according to the Florida Department of Health's Levy Community Health Assessment (CHA) for Levy County, conducted in 2012 and 2013.

The FLDOH, along with its community partners, conducted the assessment to better understand the complex health environment in the county and to use the data to produce a Community Health Improvement Plan or CHIP

The assessment is essential because it's the first step in addressing the health needs of the community, said Levy County Health Department (CHD) Administrator Barbara Locke. 

“You have to identify problems and issues first before you can move forward to intervene,” she said.  “The CHIP is our County’s roadmap to improving the health of our residents.”

The CHA results indicate that Levy CHD has made an impact in two key areas; decreasing the percentage of low birth weight babies, babies born whose weight is less than five pounds, and decreasing the number of adult smokers. 

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