Obesity and access to healthy foods are two of the problems identified in the 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment for Henry County.
Obese children have a 70% chance of being overweight or obese as adults—facing higher risks for many diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and several types of cancers.
The 2020 County Health Rankings indicate that 35% of adults in Henry County are already obese, up from 34% the year before.
Surprisingly, Iowa ranks last in the nation in fruit and vegetable consumption. According to the most recent CDC Indicators, 41.7% of adults and 36.1% of adolescents in Iowa report consuming fruits less than one time daily. 26.9% of adults and 35.1% of adolescents report consuming vegetables less than one time daily.