Rochester was named one of the most obese large metro areas.
The Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index found 28.6 percent of Rochesterians are obese, compared to 25.7 percent for all people who live in metropolitan areas with a population of at least 1 million.
Nationwide, the obesity rate was 27.1 percent in 2013. Gallup reports:
“Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences for both individuals and communities of all sizes. Numerous social, environmental, economic, and individual factors may all contribute to physical inactivity and consumption of less healthy foods, two lifestyle behaviors linked to obesity,” says Janna Lacatell, Healthways Lifestyle Solutions Director. “In order to combat the trend and encourage individuals to make healthier choices, community-based policy and environmental approaches can, and should, be used.”
Rochester does much better on overall well-being, ranking in the top 50 of the nearly 200 metros surveyed. Rochester also had the best well-being score of all cities in New York State. Here’s how we measured:
- 28.6 percent obese (25.7 percent average)
- 50.5 percent exercise (52 percent average)
- 60.3 percent eat produce frequently (57.9 percent average)
- 19.9 percent smoke (20.1 percent average)
- 57.9 have daily stress (59.1 percent average)
- 7.7 uninsured (17 percent average)
Links of the Day:
– The Blind Side star Quinton Aaron kicked off US Airways flight to Rochester “for being too big.”
– Insulting offer? Rochester City School District turns down $500,000 for its teachers to be trained by charter school teachers.
– New York City charter schools have fewer children with special needs. Are we created a two-tiered system of education?
– Great post on what could happen to college sports in wake of NRLB ruling. Minor leagues?
– Under pressure, Walmart upgrades its policy for helping pregnant workers.
– I would buy this: Three-wheeled car costs just $6,800 and goes 672 miles on a tank of gas.