Fishers, IN---Community Health Network has joined with the Town of Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Fishers YMCA, local churches, civic organizations and the Fishers Chamber of Commerce, to launch Fishers Community Gets Healthy, a major initiative aimed at improving the health of Fishers residents and creating an attractive business climate in the area. The initiative is the result of a study commissioned by Community Health Network that measured lifestyle habits of people who live in Fishers, one of the fastest growing communities in the country.
“Community Health Network has served the Fishers area since 1985,” said Barb Summers, president of Community Hospital North. “We’re growing with Fishers and want to stay in tune with the health care issues of residents in the area. We believe that by identifying specific health problems, we can work together to achieve optimum health.”
The study of Fishers’ lifestyle habits was conducted in the fall of 2007 by Aeffect, Inc., a Chicago-based health care research firm. Vascular issues, cancer and weight/obesity were identified as the most prominent health issues affecting area residents. Some of the key findings include:
- More than 38% of Fishers residents reported being at least 25 pounds overweight
- 27% have been told by their physician to lose weight
- 60% stated they eat fast food at least once per week (76% of children do)
- One in five children live relatively sedentary lives
- 35% of Fishers residents have not been screened for diabetes
- 52% have been diagnosed with various vascular-related diseases and risk factors
- More than 25% have not been screened for cancer, or have not been screened as often as they should be based on age-related guidelines
“While we work hard to keep taxes and crime low for our residents, it’s also important that we focus on quality of life issues such as the health of our community,” said Scott Faultless, Fishers Town Council President. “We’re pleased Community Health Network has taken the lead on this initiative and we look forward to working with them and other community stakeholders for the benefit of our citizens.”
“A trained, motivated and reliable workforce is a most valuable asset for new and existing business,” said Christi Wolf, president of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development. “By proactively building a community with healthier lifestyles,
Fishers and Community Health Network are fostering economic growth and civic pride that translates to wellness in the workplace and lower bottom line health care costs for business.”
The Fishers Community Gets Healthy initiative will aim to achieve health goals such as increasing healthy eating habits; increasing physical activity levels; and increasing preventive cancer screenings (mammography, PSA, skin). Another study of the Fishers community will be conducted over the course of the next 18 to 24 months to measure outcomes of programs the collaboration develops and implements to improve the health of the town. In addition, the collaboration partners have formed steering committees that will meet regularly to address the specific health concerns of the Fishers community and plan major health programs and events for 2008. These include corporate, school, church, community outreach and measurement and outcomes committees.
Community Health Network plans to analyze the success of the Fishers Community Gets Healthy program, with hopes to implement similar programs in central Indiana communities that surround its hospitals and health care facilities.
Ranked among the top 20 integrated health care networks in the nation, Community Health Network has more than 70 sites of care throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, a dedicated heart hospital; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck urgent care centers and MEDPOINT express convenience clinics; employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. Community Health Network is committed to getting you well and back to your life. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.