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PA Health Department Survey Shows Impact of Income, Gender, Other Factors on Health and Access to Health Care
Date:9/13/2007

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55 percent of overweight men were trying to lose weight, compared to

75 percent of overweight women.

Pennsylvania residents ages 18 and older completed the telephone survey in 2006. Survey topics included health care access, eye sight and eye care, physical activity, weight and weight control, nutrition, diabetes, oral health, cardiovascular disease, asthma, mental and physical disability, alcohol consumption, immunization, HIV testing, injury and safety issues, colorectal cancer screening, home environment and preparedness, and smoking.

The annual survey has been conducted in Pennsylvania since 1989. It is funded in every state by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The survey provides the Health Department with information about the health and personal health choices of Pennsylvania adults and contributes to important policy, fiscal and programmatic decisions. The department uses the data to target resources and programs to the populations most in need of assistance and to track progress and program effectiveness.

The full 2006 Pennsylvania Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey report is available at http://www.health.state.pa.us/stats.

CONTACT: Larissa Bedrick

(717) 787-1783


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