By Yanik Ruiz-Ramón
As part of national Public Health Awareness week (April 2 through 8) we’ll be sending out some of our favorite graphs and data about different aspects of public health in Boston. But where does this treasure of data come from?
Each year our Research and Evaluation Office produces the Health of Boston Report. It is chock full of data, maps, graphs, and charts that will tell you pretty much everything you would ever want to know about the health of Boston residents.
The R&E Office collects, cleans, and crunches mountains of data in order to provide a broad picture of the factors which affect the health of Boston residents.
They also tell us which individuals and communities are at the greatest risk for different health conditions like obesity or chlamydia. Or, for example, which groups of people eat the most fruits and vegetables or drink the most alcohol.
These numbers help the health commission and public officials figure out how to improve the health of pregnant women and their newborns or how to reduce domestic violence.
So, to kick the week off here is a graph about physical activity by adults in Boston.
Yanik Ruiz-Ramón is the Multimedia Producer for BPHC. Among other things, he shoots video and tweets kitten pictures at @HealthyBoston.