Jefferson County to Jefferson Countians: Quit Smoking Fatsos
|Namesake Thomas Jefferson was never fat.|
The survey found that...
- 30.3 percent of residents are at risk for stroke due to obesity
- 23.5 percent have high cholesterol
- 42 percent use tobacco and more Jefferson County residents die of lung cancer and other smoking-related deaths each year than the Missouri average
Dennis Diehl, director of the Health Department, conceded that the results found the overall health of Jefferson County residents did not improve since the last survey in 2005.
"We just try to make people aware of health issues and have them take more ownership for their own health through not smoking, losing weight, exercising," Diehl told the Suburban Journals. "These are things we try to get people to work on."