Overweight and Obesity

How do we Reduce the Proportion of People that are Overweight or Obese in Eastern Jackson County? 

Current Situation: Overweight and Obesity in EJC

Being overweight or obese continues to be a growing concern throughout Eastern Jackson County. The following data provides a snapshot of the current situation related to overweight and obesity for our residents. 

The leading causes of death in EJC can be associated with being overweight or obese. 

In 2016, 185.88 per 100,000 EJC residents died from heart disease. Males have higher rates than females.

ZIP Codes in Grandview, Raytown, Independence, and Sugar Creek had the highest rates of diabetes. 

The rates of inpatient hospitalization related to chronic diseases have been increasing since 2011. 

Approximately, 64.94% of Jackson County residents are obese or overweight. 

Rates of obesity are highest in Independence, Sugar Creek, Raytown, Grandview, and Buckner. 

Most residents in EJC do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables or participate in the recommended amount of physical activity. 

Three Year Work Plan 

Goal 1: Improve Youth Education: Healthy Eating and Active Living

Objective 1: Increase the number of schools with active wellness committees in EJC by 2022. 

Indicator 1: Increase the number of active school wellness committees within districts by 20% by 2022. 


Target: 20% Increase in Baseline

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected


+  Completed      #  In Progress      =  On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 1.1: Establish a district and school wellness champion network in EJC.

    Conduct a wellness survey at the district level through district wellness coordinators.

X     Conduct a wellness survey with school teachers and principals. 

X     Identify districts with and without active committees, champions, and activities. 

   Organize meetings with all districts to review survey responses, identifying assets and barriers. 

   Host district wellness collaboration meeting highlighting model districts. 

   Develop long-term plan for recurring district and school wellness meetings. 

Objective 2: Increase the number of schools that incorporated education for safe walking and biking by 2022. 

Indicator 1: Increase by 10% the number of schools participating in Walk/Bike to School event by 2022. 


Target: Increase by 10%

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected

Indicator 2: Implement safe walking and biking before or after school programs in two districts by 2022. 

Baseline: 0

Target: 2

Current Status: 0 Programs Implemented


+  Completed      #  In Progress      =  On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 2.1: Partner with walk/bike organizations to bring programming to schools. 

   Assessment of walk/bike safety programs in EJC schools and prospective national programs. 

#     Identify organizations and programs to partner with schools.

   Assist Independence School District in enhancing their after-school programming with walk/bike safety education and establish model. 

X     Establish pool of walk/bike safety volunteers in the community. 

X     Promote walk/bike to school events. 

Goal 2: Increase Access to Affordable Healthy Foods

Objective 1: Assess current food environment and policies in EJC to prompt future environment, systems, and policy change regarding healthy food access by 2022. 

Indicator 1: Priority areas identified in EJC by census tract by 2022. 

Baseline: Priority Areas Not Identified

Target: 5-10 Census Tracts Identified

Current Situation: Areas Being Identified 

Indicator 2: Food policy brief created for all EJC cities by 2022.            

Baseline: Food Policy Brief Currently Does Not Exist

Target: Food Policy Brief for all EJC Cities

Current Situation: Food Policy Brief Does Not Exist

Indicator 3: 60% of city or county government personnel review food establishment map and policy brief by 2022. 

Baseline: 0%

Target: 60%

Current Situation: Food Establishment Map and Policy Brief does not Exist


X  Completed      #  In Progress      =  On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 1.1: Create a food environment map and food access policy brief for EJC. 

#     Map out food retailers, mRFEI, and underserved areas using these indicators: Distance to grocery stores, poverty status, and transportation, and unhealthy food density by census tract. 

#     Policy review of city and county food access policies within Jackson County. 

X     Compile policy review findings into policy brief. 

X     Distribute map and policy brief to cities, chambers of commerce, non-profits, healthcare providers, and neighborhood associations. 

X     Present map to EJC governments. 

Goal 3: Increase Opportunities for Physical Activity 

Objective 1: Identify and promote programs and policies to increase physical activity among residents by 2022. 

Indicator 1: Assist two cities in EJC in applying to be a Walk Friendly Community. 

Baseline: 0

Target: 2

Current Situation: 0 Cities have been Assisted 

Indicator 2: Physical Activity resource guide used by 30% of partners by 2022. 

Baseline: 0%

Target: 30%

Current Situation: Resource Guide Does Not Exist

Indicator 3: Increase by 10% the number of participants in EJC programs by 2022. 


Target: Increase by 10%

Current Situation: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected


+  Completed      #  In Progress      =  On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 1.1 Encourage cities to apply to be a Walk Friendly Community and increase the number of local governments with policies to develop the built environment for physical activity. 

+     Complete a review of Mid-America Regional Council's (MARC) assessment of communities with Complete Streets Policies. 

   Identify model cities with Complete Streets and Livable Streets Policies. 

#     Identify the stakeholders that helped the "model cities" pass Complete Street Policies. 

X     Setup advocacy meeting and invite cities in EJC that do not have Complete Streets Policies. 

X     Assist cities in making the connections with the correct resources and organizations that will assist in their exploratory process. 

Strategy 2.1: Partner with organizations and departments to offer physical activity programming in communities throughout EJC. 

X     Identify local and regional organizations or departments that offer physical activity programming in EJC. 

X     Gather attendance information to establish baseline for current physical activity programs. 

   Create a physical activity resource guide. 

X     Distribute physical activity resource guide across EJC to all schools, parks and recreation departments, city officials, and other applicable partners. 

X     Follow up with organizations to gather updated attendance information and current use of physical activity resource guide.