SERVING KERN COUNTY


#KnowYourNumbers

BMI & Cholesterol

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: 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 / Blood Pressure

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

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 / Diabetes / Obesity

  • 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
  • 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
  • 42.7% of adults are obese
  • 30.9% of adults are overweight
  • Almost 74% of Kern County adults are either overweight or obese

Schedule a free health screening by calling our office at 661-321-3000 or by stopping into our mobile health clinic (clinic schedule).