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Selected BRFS Data 2006-2007 by County and City of Wilmington


Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) data were aggregated from calendar years 2006 and 2007 to provide a sample for the City of Wilmington large enough to be valid. The BRFS is a random-sample telephone survey conducted throughout the year, and data are normally reported on a calendar-year basis. County estimates may vary from annual prevalence estimates because of the two-year aggregation.

Overall Quality of Health: Respondents Who Report "Fair or Poor" Health Status
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
12.6% 12.3% 11.0% 13.3% 15.8%

A comprehensive Tobacco Prevention and Control Program in the state has resulted in decreasing smoking prevalence; however smoking remains the number 1 underlying cause of premature death and illness in Delaware and the nation. The graph below shows the recent trends in smoking prevalence in Wilmington, suburban New Castle County, and Kent and Sussex counties. It is based on aggregated data and uses rolling averages.  The chart that follows shows smoking prevalence by area for the aggregated years of 2006-2007.

Graph showing recent smoking trends in Wilmington and DE counties.

Adult Smoking Prevalence
  Statewide Wilmington Suburban NC Kent Sussex
Smoke Every Day 15.8% 19.4% 13.7% 18.0% 18.3%
Smoke Some Days 4.5% 4.1% 4.3% 6.0% 3.9%
Former Smoker 26.6% 22.1% 25.7% 25.5% 31.2%

Adults With No Leisure Time Physical Activity
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
21.8% 24.1% 19.6% 25.1% 23.7%

Weight

Weight is measured by Body Mass Index (BMI), determined from self-reported height and weight. Estimates are conservative; actual levels of overweight and obesity may be as much as 3 – 5 percentage points higher. Overweight is defined as a BMI between 25 and 29.9; obesity is a BMI >30. The graph below shows the recent trends, based on aggregated data and using rolling averages:

Graph showing obesity trends in Wilmington and DE counties

Adult Overweight and Obesity
  Statewide Wilmington Suburban NC Kent Sussex
Overweight 36.3% 32.6% 37.2% 34.1% 36.9%
Obese 26.4% 30.8% 23.5% 29.9% 29.1%

Acute or "Binge" Drinking [5+ Drinks at One Occasion]
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
18.5% 23.6% 19.2% 16.6% 16.7%

Current Asthma Among Adults
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
8.7% 13.8% 7.7% 9.3% 9.2%

Flu Shots [Adults 65 and Older Who Received Flu Shot in Past Year]
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
69.8% 63.4% 70.1% 71.2% 70.2%

Colorectal Cancer Screening [Age 50+ Who Ever Had Colonoscopy or Sigmoidoscopy]
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
67.4% 66.8% 66.0% 67.4% 70.0%

Respondents < Age 65 Who Have Ever Had an AIDS Test
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
44.5% 52.0% 42.4% 49.8% 43.1%

Source for all data: Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS), 2006-07.



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