Illinois Prevention Research Center: Partnering to Promote Health in Urban Communities

Health Data

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. These diseases also take a significant toll on the communities of Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, and West Lawn, where the Illinois Prevention Research Center's research program Making the Connection, takes place.

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Health Behavior

Healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, regularly engaging in physical activity, and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or lessen the effects of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and other chronic diseases. The following statistics describe risky health behavior of adults in Chicago in 2006. Community-specific data are not available.

Physical Activity
Adults who did not participate in any physical activities in the previous month: 22.4%
[Physical activity guidelines]

Weight classifications based on body mass index (BMI):
Overweight (BMI= 25.0-29.9): 36.2%
Obese (BMI>30.0): 25.5%
At risk for health problems related to being overweight (based on BMI): 61.7%
[Calculate your BMI]

Adults who had been told by a doctor that they have diabetes: 10.5%
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 1/3 of those who have diabetes in the U.S. are undiagnosed.
[National Diabetes Fact Sheet from the CDC]


Source: Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2006

Collage of active community members