Marion County, Florida is a picturesque community with the beauty of horse farms and live oak trees dotting the landscape. However, the health statistics do not paint such a pretty picture. Leaders in Marion County are determined to change that. The Marion County Health Alliance is a collaboration of more than 80 organizations working together to transform Marion County into the healthiest County in Florida.
One-third of Marion County adults are obese, and some estimates show among our youth it is even higher. No surprise is the correlation with almost one-third of Marion County adults as inactive. Changing behaviors to focus on nutrition, fitness and a lifestyle of positive choices will help our residents achieve a healthy weight.
Emergency Department visits due to mental health reasons have been between 45 to 100 percent higher for Marion County compared to the rest of the state from 2009‐2013. More than XX organizations working to improve mental health services are now collaborating in the Marion Health Alliance to move improve mental health outcomes in our community.
In Marion County, the adult smoking rate is 27.5 percent higher than the Florida rate and 33.1 percent higher than the national rate.Smoking leads to a number of chronic diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, bladder cancer, asthma and more. While cessation is certainly important, members of the Marion County Health Alliance are focusing on prevention and tobacco-free environments.
Between 24 and 36 percent of the low income population in Florida had regular access to dental care. During this same time period, between 17 and 30 percent of Marion County low-income residents had regular access to dental care. In Marion County, oral health visits and avoidable oral health visits to the emergency department have been nearly double the rate of Florida from 2009‐2013.