Boone County Rises in State Health Rankings

5 years 7 months 1 week ago Saturday, June 08 2013 Jun 8, 2013 Saturday, June 08, 2013 9:02:00 PM CDT June 08, 2013 in News
By: Lucas Geisler
loading

COLUMBIA - On a sunny Saturday afternoon, you can count on seeing and hearing certain things at Stephens Lake Park.  Bike chains click past, water splashes, either from children on the west end of the lake or fish in the east end, and the sound of tennis shoes smacking the pavement in different cadences.  Birds, bugs, dogs and people fill the air with their voices.  

The park comes to life.

On Brenda Ln., across the street from the north end of the park, Cameron Marshall attaches the leash to his roommate's German shepherd, Zeke.  Like many other one-year old dogs, Zeke's full of life.

"You have to hold him back, especially around other dogs, because he just wants to play," Marshall said.  

Living as close to Stephens Lake Park as they do, Zeke and Cameron have plenty opportunities to utilize it.

"I used to walk my dogs around the block, and it's not quite the same," Marshall said.  "Being at the park, it's just more fun, more open."

"I'd say I'm more active here," Marshall continued.  "It's just because it's more convenient, so it's easier.  You don't really think about it."

Convenience also brings Chris Poeppelmeier and his daughter to the park.  They live near the Walnut Street daycare, just five minutes north of Stephens Lake Park.

"She plays on the playground at least once a week," Poeppelmeier said.  "It's convenient.  Especially picking her up, drive by it."

With people living so close to parks not only in Columbia, but Boone County, it may be keeping the population healthy.  According to The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a national study put together by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, 48-percent of Boone County residents live within a half-mile of a park, the fourth-highest percentage of any county in Missouri.  The study ranks counties in all 50 states based on health factors such as clinical care, health behaviors and physical environment.  Data is collected from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics.  Boone County tops the state in terms of health behaviors, in large part from the low amount of physical inactivity--21 percent in Boone County, the lowest in the state.  Overall, Boone County comes in as the sixth-healthiest county in the state in 2013.

"I do love it," Jeanne Lambson said, who lives near Albert Oakland Park and the Bear Creek Nature Trail.  "We'll walk the nature trail, we'll walk the park every morning with the dogs.  It's nice to have some place pretty to walk."

"A different attitude," Joyce Cage said of coming to the park with her 20-month old daughter Bellinda.  "Different environment, attitude from home environment."

Boone County has steadily risen in the health rankings since the Rankings & Roadmaps report began in 2010.  Boone County ranked thirteenth in 2010, then tenth in 2011, ninth in 2012 and finally sixth this year.  

 

 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- The State Department is ordering its staff back to work next week, pledging that it will find the... More >>
5 minutes ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:12:00 PM CST January 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Police Department acknowledged Thursday it’s looking into a possible connection between an early morning homicide in... More >>
16 minutes ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:01:00 PM CST January 17, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis newscaster has apologized for what he called an unintentional racial slur while referencing... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 3:30:00 PM CST January 17, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old Kansas City man is charged with murder in the shooting death of a... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 3:11:00 PM CST January 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday announced the restructuring of state agencies in his quest to highlight economic... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:58:00 PM CST January 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Domestic violence shelters in mid-Missouri could stop receiving federal funds starting Friday at 6 a.m. due to... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:30:00 PM CST January 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri appeals court says a lower court judge was wrong to order a woman to... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:34:00 PM CST January 17, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City couple claims in a federal lawsuit that state requirements for foster parents who... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:12:00 PM CST January 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – There are 28 more deer from 11 Missouri counties that have chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 10:45:00 AM CST January 17, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley plans to move his family to a suburb of Washington D.C., but will... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 10:04:00 AM CST January 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – As the partial government shutdown continues in Washington, Heart of Missouri United Way is stepping up to help... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:12:00 AM CST January 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -- Police confirmed one man was shot and killed early Thursday morning. In a press release, CPD said... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:21:00 AM CST January 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's budget and State of the State address Wednesday... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:55:00 PM CST January 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is proposing a $351 million bond to repair or replace 250... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:29:00 PM CST January 16, 2019 in News
Watch KOMU 8 newscasts and download the KOMU WX app for live coverage and alerts. COLUMBIA - Another winter... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:23:00 PM CST January 16, 2019 in Weather
COLUMBIA- Lately, mid-Missourians have had the chance to build a snowman or go sledding and then eventually warm up next... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:08:00 PM CST January 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – An expert warns that two snow events, one after the other, may affect your roof. Although city... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:38:00 PM CST January 16, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man killed after allegedly shooting at St. Louis detectives was facing charges for shooting a... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:15:00 PM CST January 16, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 35°
6pm 34°
7pm 34°
8pm 33°
9pm 33°