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HEALTH FACTS TO CONSIDER

Did you know . . .
 
  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children & quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. 1

  • Nearly 1 out of 3 (32.6%) children and adolescents in the state of Michigan is overweight or obese.2

  • More than a quarter (28.8%) of Wisconsin's children are overweight or obese.3

    1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. Journal of the American Medical Association 2014;311(8):806-814.

    2. "Michigan." Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Web. 11 Apr. 2016. <https://www.healthiergeneration.org/
    about_childhood_obesity/in_your_state/

    3. "Wisconsin." Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Web. 11 Apr. 2016. <https://www.healthiergeneration.org/
    about_childhood_obesity/in_your_state/

United Way's Goal

United Way has a 10 year goal to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.

By 2018, the percentage of youth who are healthy and avoiding risky behaviors will increase from 34% in 2005 to 45% in 2018—that means 1.9 million more healthy young people.

The percentage of adults (age 18 and older) who are healthy and avoiding risky behaviors will increase from 35% in 2005 to 47% by 2018—that means 29.2 million more healthy adults.

Achieving this goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices, such as by extending health care coverage, will also enable more people to live healthier lives.

Our Focus is Healthy Youth

Tri-City Area United Way believes all children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic, or economic conditions. The early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and life. 

The Great Start Collaborative's mission is to work together in our community to accomplish better results for all of the families of young children. Their vision is to have a great start for every child in Menominee county; safe, healthy, and eager to succeed in school and in life. They have four main objectives:

  • Children being born healthy
  • Children healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to 3rd grade
  • Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry
  • Children prepared to succeed in 4th grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade

The Big Brothers Big Sisters found that after 18 months of youths spending time with their mentors, the youth compared to children not involved in the program were:

  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • 33% less likely to hit someone

They also found

  • The youths were more confident of their performance in schoolwork, and getting along better with their families.
  • 1 out of 3 children not involved in the program felt like they do not have a caring, supportive parent in their lives.

The Healthy Youth Coalition does a Communities That Care survey every other year to Marinette and Menominee County students. The survey asks numerous questions regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use including: Past 30 Day Drug Use, Perception of Risk, Perception of Parental Disapproval, and Age of First Use. 

According to the results from the 2015 survey:

Past 30 Day Drug Use:
 8th Graders Reported:
  • 4% (down from 7% in 2013) used cigarettes

  • 11.2% (down from 14% in 2013) used alcohol

  • 2.9% (down from 5.8% in 2013) used marijuana           
10th Graders Reported: 
  • 10.6% (down from 13% in 2013) used cigarettes

  • 24.4% (down from 30.2% in 2013) used alcohol

  • 13.5% (up from 13.5% in 2013) used marijuana

Perception of Risk:
 6th Graders Reported:
  • 88.7% perceive that tobacco has
    a moderate or great risk

  • 78.5% perceive that alcohol use has
    a moderate or great risk

  • 87.1% perceive that marijuana use has
    a moderate or great risk                                         
8th Graders Reported:
  • 92% perceive that using cigarettes has
    a moderate or great risk

  • 69.4% perceive alcohol use has
    a moderate or great risk

  • 78.2% perceive that marijuana use has 
    a moderate or great risk                                           
10th Graders Reported:
  • 92.7% perceive that using cigarettes has
    a moderate or great risk

  • 69.1% perceive alcohol use has
    a moderate or great risk

  • 59.4%  (down from 70.7% in 2013) perceive that
    marijuana use has a moderate or great risk

Perception of Parental Disapproval:
6th Graders:
  • 99% reported their parents would
    disapprove of cigarette use

  • 98.3% reported their parents would
    disapprove of alcohol use

  • 98.3% reported their parents would
    disapprove of marijuana use                       
8th Graders:
  • 97.3% reported their parents would
    disapprove of cigarette use

  • 93.8% reported their parents would
    disapprove of alcohol use

  • 96% reported their parents would
    disapprove of marijuana use                      
 10th Graders:
  • 94.1% reported their parents would
    disapprove of cigarette use

  • 90.2% reported their parents would
    disapprove of alcohol use

  • 92% reported their parents would
    disapprove of marijuana use

Average Age of First Use: 
 6th Graders:
  • Cigarettes 10.3            
  • Alcohol 10.6
  • Marijuana 10
8th Graders:
  • Cigarettes 11.5           
  • Alcohol 12.1
  • Marijuana 12.4
10th Graders:
  • Cigarettes 12.5
  • Alcohol 13.1
  • Marijuana 14