The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

June 12, 2014

What is the state of our health in Fayette County?

(Editor’s note: The Take Charge! Live Well series is an initiative of the Fayette County Living Well Workgroup in conjunction with The Fayette Tribune. The workgroup is funded through the Marshall University Center for Rural Health through the Appalachian Regional Commission, and Community Transformation Grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)


I normally prefer to write articles about what’s great about our community. Or what we can do to make it great.

This is not going to be one of those articles.

It is important we highlight the positives and successes found in our community. However, our reality is that we have significant health concerns in Fayette County.

I wish I could report the status of our health was doing OK. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

As many of us know, West Virginia routinely ranks in to bottom three states in reported health statistics. Fayette County’s health status is usually below the state average. Therefore, we are one of the unhealthiest areas in the country.

We can improve, we can become strong and healthy. But in order to do that we must become aware of our current health status. At times we tend to deny or minimize the consequences of our poor health.

Here in Fayette County we have great local pride and communities that care for one another. To be our best, serve our families and be the strong, proud people we can be, we must first truly understand that our health and well-being is at risk.

Please read this, think through it, and consider the consequences of our health behaviors. We have choices, we can do better for our children, our families and ourselves. The first step is become aware and educate ourselves.

Below I have provided recent and accurate data portraying the current status of our health here in Fayette County. I have also included some of the consequences of the health issues identified. I hope you will use this as a tool to support good health and help make change for all of us.

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