The Rockford area made strides to get healthier in 2017. But, it took some steps back too.
The Rockford Regional Health Council unveiled its latest healthy community study Tuesday at the Nordlof Center downtown. Group members say the infant mortality rate and number of low birth weight for babies have declined. Also, more people have health insurance.
However, the council found obesity in adults and children has gone up. ER visits due to drug are up as well.
“This is a dilemma” said SwedishAmerican President/CEO Dr. Michael Born. “There’s not a single solution that can be implemented and the problem will be resolved. To me, it’s a toolbox where we need to continue to use the existing tools [and] develop new tools to continuously educate patients.”
Dr. Born says patient education is the answer to many problems. He also says the council will focus on the community’s behavioral health, as well as early childhood health.