Know Your Numbers

Join Kern County Public Health for #KnowYourNumbers. The 7 week program offers free health screenings and fitness and nutrition classes to areas in Kern County. Almost 78% of Kern County adults are overweight or obese. Let’s combat chronic disease and obesity together.

All you have to do is show up!

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McFarland

January 31st - March 13th

McFarland Mouser Center

100 S Second St, McFarland, CA 93250

Fitness and Nutrition Classes:

Wednesdays 10 am - 11 am

Coming Soon!

Bakersfield

February 8th - March 21th

Bakersfield Community Center at Mill Creek

2020 R St, Bakersfield, CA 93301

Fitness and Nutrition Classes:

Thursdays 3 pm - 4 pm

Lake Isabella

March 27th - May 8th

Kern River Veterans Building

6405 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240

Fitness and Nutrition Classes:

Wednesdays 10 am - 11 am

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Obesity: How is it measured and what does it mean?

Facts

  • Not "one size fits all"
  • Can serve as an important health indicator
  • Has different charts for adults and children
  • Lowering BMI lowers the risk for diabetes

Cholesterol

Cholesterol: The good, the bad, the ugly

Facts

  • Made by your body and consumed with foods
  • One out of every three adults has high cholesterol
  • Ingest from animal food products like meat, dairy and eggs

Blood Glucose

Diabetes-management techniques include proper diet, lifestyle changes

Facts

  • Sugar molecules found within the blood stream
  • Insulin guides blood sugars into bodily cells for the energy we need
  • Associated with diabetes, which is among the most common chronic diseases in America

Blood Pressure

A mindful diet: Eating for your heart is eating for your minds

Facts

  • Affected by weight, diet, exercise and genetics
  • Pressure at which blood circulates through our blood vessels
  • A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80
  • Hypertension = High blood pressure
  • 1 out of every 3 Americans suffer from hypertension

Heart Disease

  • Kern has 2,698 emergency department visits and 4,931 hospitalizations each year due to heart disease
  • $452M in hospital charges
  • 984 deaths per year

Diabetes

  • Kern has 2,198 emergency department visits and 998 hospitalizations each year due to diabetes
  • $84M in hospital charges
  • 74% higher than state average
  • 248 deaths per year

Obesity

  • 48.7% of adults are obese
  • 29.3% of adults are overweight
  • Almost 78% of Kern County adults are either overweight or obese