After community wide health surveys were completed and analyzed, it was decided there were three major health issues among the Bay County community...and they are outlined in the first ever Community Health Improvement Plan, known as CHIP.
Doug Kent is the Bay County Health Department Administrator and says one of those issues is what he calls "dia-besity," combining diabetes and obesity.
One of the objectives in the plan is to create a task force by December and it's one the community is encouraged to join. And by 20-13...to have a handful of bay county residents to participate in the national diabetes prevention program.
The other two major health issues the plan details and wants to improve in Bay County are "access to health care" and "lifestyles education" for both adults and children.
Multiple agencies were involved in doing studies and creating the plan. One of those agencies was the Life Management Center, which deals primarily with the mental health. But Tricia Pearce with the Life Management Center says it's an element of your health that can be reflected by other health issues.
"If somebody isn't living a healthy lifestyle, it's going to affect their healthy lifestyle," explains Pearce. "It's like if someone says to lose weight your blood pressure is going to go down...well mental health issues are affected like that also."
Everyone is encouraged to come out on Thursday afternoon for the unveiling of CHIP and participate. It will start at 3:00 PM at the Bay County Library.