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AHA improves the health and well-being of Wake County residents by facilitating and supporting community initiatives.


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Obesity Statistics

North Carolina is fortunate to have an outstanding State Center for Health Statistics (SCHS) that measures and compiles health data for the entire state. Likewise, Wake County Human Services (WCHS) collects data on Wake County specific health indicators.

Community Assessment

Every four years, WCHS conducts a Community Assessment to idenfity healthy needs by:

  • collecting existing data, and
  • supplementing that with interviews and focus groups with community members

The 2013 Community Assessment provides detail on the broad array of health issues facing Wake County, including data and information on overweight and obesity, healthy eating and active living.

Behavioral Risk Factors

The SCHS conducts annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) phone surveys, which capture:

  • self-reported weights and heights
  • indicators of healthy eating and active living for adults.

Data are broken out for Wake County adults. Data on adults is noted on our Obesity Statistics page.


The SCHS also call back a percentage of the households reached for BRFSS to ask questions about child health. The Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) is a great source of data on child weight, eating and activity behaviors, though data are not provided on Wake County children for CHAMP due to statistical limitations.

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