—  October 20, 2016  —
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Updated data platform is now
more user friendly
It’s been a year since KCHD launched Kane Health Counts as a way to provide the community with the latest up-to-date health data. Now we are pleased to announce that we have simplified data access, assessment, evaluation, and sharing for community members--even for those with little technical expertise. Tracking your impact on community health improvement has never been more straightforward.
Learn about your community's health and wellness. Compare indicators for your community against state averages, county values, and target goals. Discover areas of excellence and improvement in your community.

The new Community Dashboard makes it easy to find and visualize data with compelling icons, maps and graphs, as well as present more meaningful comparisons and tell persuasive stories using data.

Use the Report Assistant to quickly pull together related content, such as indicators or promising practices, based on keyword topics. The results can be saved as a PDF, emailed, or printed and incorporated into a report.

Then, explore the health priorities established by the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

Finally, the Resource Library allows you to locate resources that help make your community a healthier place.

All this can be found in one easy-to-use Web site. Check it out at www.kanehealthcounts.org. Please bookmark the site and be sure to check back often as we will be continually adding to and improving it.
Great American Smokeout on November 17
challenges people to quit  
Every year, on the third Thursday of November (Nov. 17 this year), smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people learn about the many tools they have at their disposal to help them quit and stay quit.

By quitting -- even for one day -- you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life, one that can lead to reducing your cancer risk. It’s no less than a race for your health. The Great American Smokeout is the day that quitters win.

Our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) tells us that about 11.4% of Kane County residents smoke. While that is better than the U.S. average of nearly 15%, we still have a ways to go.

We know that tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. We also know that research shows that getting help increases your chances of quitting smoking for good.
Online Support
That is why we have designed our Web site to provide you with the tools and resources to help you quit. Kane County Quits is a county-wide effort encouraging the community to help put an end to smoking. The goal of Kane County Quits is to connect tobacco-users with the countless resources available just around the corner -- or with the click of a mouse button!

You will find information about Kane County Quits and the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and more by clicking HERE.
Diabetes: Calling attention to a Health Priority
National Diabetes Month is observed every November so individuals, health care professionals, organizations and communities across the country can bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans.

Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, were chosen by our residents as one of the top health priorities for KCHD’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). In this way, we hope to raise awareness and to create a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis.
Our CHIP tells us that nearly 10% (9.4%) of Kane county residents have been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they have diabetes. Nationally, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes, and it was listed as the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to 2012 statistics.
Diabetes also takes an economic toll. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released research in 2013 estimating the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $245 billion in 2012 from $174 billion in 2007, when the cost was last examined. This figure represents a 41% increase over a five year period.
All these reasons are why the ADA says there is a critical need to foster awareness and education while breaking down stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings about this growing public health crisis that affects so many of us.
You can take a simple quiz to find out your risk for diabetes by clicking HERE.

For more information about chronic disease, like diabetes, as one of Kane County’s health priorities, please click HERE.
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