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ES206 - Foundations of Health, Fitness, and Recreation: Statistics
Government and non-profit organization websites are excellent sources of the types of statistical information (population data, health data, etc.) you will need for your class projects. Some of the most useful for your purposes include:
The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) collects and evaluates thousands of health statistics to measure progress toward state and national health objectives. These numbers also provide the basis for developing and implementing public health strategies for disease prevention and health promotion. This site provides just some of the statistics gathered by IDPH.
Statistics about mental health problems from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Other Non-Profit Websites
Another tip for locating statistics and background information on your topic of interest is to use Google to locate a non-profit organization (or organizations) dedicated to your health issue of interest.
In a Google Search box type keywords describing your health issue plus "site:.org". For example, to find non-profit organizations dedicated to educating the public about heart disease, Google: heart disease site:.org