CLEARFIELD -- A "snapshot" of a soon-to-be-released Davis County Community Health Assessment reveals few county residents smoke, but many do not buckle their seat belt while driving or wear sun screen when outdoors, based on 2012 statistics.
An introduction to the information contained in the comprehensive health assessment was shared Tuesday with Davis Health Board members.
The assessment, which has taken nearly a year to formulate, is due out by mid-June, said Isa Perry, Davis County Health community outreach planner.
Davis County Health Director Lewis R. Garrett said the information from the assessment will be used by the health department to obtain accreditation, as well as provide information to the department's grant writers.
The information will also help the health department partner with surrounding communities to promote public health causes while identifying area health risks, Garrett said.
Some of the information includes the number of park and recreational facilities and trails in the county; a ranking of its communicable diseases and mortality rates; and, where the county exceeds or falls short of the national average in various areas of its Healthy People 2020 Targets.
Areas in which the county ranks in the top 10 percent nationally are its low numbers for premature deaths, adult smoking, adult obesity, motor vehicle crashes and children living in poverty, Perry said.
Where the county is not on pace in meeting national standards is in its high number of prostate cancer deaths, poisoning deaths, suicides and adults failing to always wear seat belts and adopt sun safety practices, she said.
Other concerns revealed in the assessment include the county's poor air quality during the winter inversions, Perry said.
One interesting tidbit the assessment revealed is that 63 percent of all Davis eateries are fast-food restaurants, which is 4 percent higher than the state average of 59 percent, she said.
But overall, when compared to the rest of the country, Davis County looks fairly healthy.
One of the major contributing factors to that is its young median age of 26.8 years, compared to the state's median age of 29.2 years and the nation's median age of 37.2 years, Perry said.
The county's social and economic standards when compared to the nation are also higher, with more of its residents having some college education, and the county having lower unemployment and less poverty and violent crimes, Perry said.
Davis Health Board member Dr. Warren Butler and Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn both praised the work that went into the assessment.
"Great job," Millburn said.
Once the assessment is in written form, it will also be made available on the health department's website at www.daviscountyutah.gov/health, said County Health Public Information Officer Bob Ballew.
Ballew said the snapshot at Tuesday's board meeting consisted of 69 PowerPoint presentation slides, while the assessment in written form will be 120 to 125 pages long.