Healthy Behaviors
Kennebec County, Maine

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Healthy behaviors—such as exercising and eating a nutritious diet—can go along way toward improving public health among Kennebec County residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve people's ability sleep, work, and overall well-being. This report highlights opportunities to increase healthy behaviors in Kennebec County, Maine with data on walkability, obesity, exercise, and diet. 

How walkable is Kennebec County?

Walkability depends upon characteristics of the built environment that influence the likelihood of walking being used as a mode of travel. The Walkability Index is based on the EPA's previous data product, the Smart Location Database. The map below shows walkability index scores by census tract in Kennebec County. (Darker means more walkable.)

How many Kennebec County residents walk or bike to work?

Walking or biking to work instead of driving can be a great way for Kennebec County residents to get more physical activity. Even a modest amount of physical activity from walking can improve health outcomes

How many Kennebec County residents are obese?

Data from the CDC's Diabetes division shows county-level obesity prevalence. The chart below compares Kennebec County to other counties in Maine and tracks trends over time. 

Health Behaviors in Maine

Additional data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) indicate how common healthy and unhealthy behaviors are among Maine residents. This data can provide context for Kennebec County's health picture. 

No Physical Activity in Past Month (2011)

Eat Fruit < Once per Day (2013)

Eat Vegetables < Once per Day (2013)

About the Data

• Means of transportation data is from the American Community Survey (ACS), table S0801. This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.

• The Walkability Index raw data is available here, via data.gov. The raw data is only available for census block groups. The census-tract-level index scores were derived by calculating a mean of the constituent block group values weighted by area.

• Obesity prevalence data at the county level is from the CDC's diabetes division.

• State-level health behavior data shown in the donut charts is from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.