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Why West Alabama?

Prevalence rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and related risk factors are high in West Alabama higher than in the state as a whole.

 2007 Alabama BRFSS Data for Public Health Area 7

Risk Factor Prevalence Rate

Public Health Area 7*

Statewide

Overweight

33.7%

33.4%

Obesity

40.7%

29.7%

Diabetes

13.86%

10.3%

High Cholesterol

39.4%

39.2%

Hypertension

40.0%

33.2%

No Moderate Physical Activity

27.18%

20.96%

Tobacco Smoker

21.26%

22.2%

Eats > 5 fruits and vegetables per day

19.76%

20.92%

*Public Health Area 7 includes Dallas, Perry, Sumter, Wilcox, Choctaw, Hale, Lowndes, and Marengo counties.