According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute 2013 study, Shasta County ranks 47 out of 57 California Counties in “Health Outcomes.” Health outcomes are measures that describe the current health status of a county; their summary health outcomes rankings are based on an equal weighting of mortality and morbidity measures that include health behaviors (tobacco use, diet & exercise, alcohol use and sexual activity); clinical care (access and quality of care); social and economic factors (education, employment, income, family & social support and community safety); and the physical environment (environmental quality and the built environment). Shasta County ranks particularly low in mortality and health behaviors although clinical care is not too bad. Shasta County is particularly poor in terms of obesity (28%).
Following a plant based diet promises to reduce obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Here are some websites for nutritional information and recipes recommended by Yvonne at the YMCA: