Health Trend Data in the Wellness Priority
Trend data for student and adult populations can assist schools in targeting appropriate ACSIP actions and interventions to reduce health risk factors via nutrition education and physical activities in schools.
1. Arkansas Center for Health Improvement – This organization functions under the direction of a board and is supported by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In addition to health policy recommendations based on research driven data, schools may want to access the DATA DIVISION http://www.achi.net/data_division/ hyperlink at the main website: http://www.achi.net/current_initiatives/obesity.asp for the following data:
Multi-State Integrated Database Initiative
http://www.achi.net/data_division/datasets.asp Arkansas, in conjunction with support from Health Resources and Services Administration has been able to develop a Multi-State Integrated Database that provides access to data for all funded states. To date 25 states have utilized the following integrated data set, Current Adult Population Survey (CPS) http://www.bls.census.gov/cps/cpsmain.htm
2. United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides the following state data that schools may want to review before completing the ACSIP Wellness Priority Plan.
a. Arkansas Obesity Fact Sheet – 2001 YRBS Results
b. Arkansas Healthy Youth “School Health Policies and Programs Study” (SHPPS) State Summary Report Card – 2000, 2006
c. Arkansas School Health Profiles – The School Health Profiles help state and local education agencies monitor the current status of school health education; school health policies related to physical activity; food service and physical education; and family and community involvement in school health programs. Profiles are available biennially at the middle/junior high school and high school levels, respectively.