Health demographics for Dent County tell us that we die too soon, are sick too often, are hungry too often, don’t eat enough of the food we need for good health, exercise too little, and have too few opportunities for good jobs. Health indicators for Dent County are, sadly, disturbingly low. Only twelve (of 115) counties in Missouri rank lower.
The good news is that we can improve our health indicators. We can, as a county-wide team and with determination, make Dent County a compellingly healthy place in which to live, work, raise children, and retire. We are in charge of our future. The choice is ours.
Representatives of city and county government, the schools, the hospital, businesses, churches, medical professionals, social services and Healthy Dent County came together to explore the possibilities and consider taking responsibility for this challenge.
The group met for the first time on July 9th, 2014 to explore where we are and where we want to be in accepting the challenge to make Dent County a healthier community. After this first meeting the Taskforce for a Healthier Dent County was formed and began working to improve the lives of the citizens of Dent County.
This is an extraordinary challenge. We can be a community of healthy, productive, long-living citizens. We can spend less on health related costs and, thus, more on the goods and services provided by the community – a significant economic gain. We can become a highly compelling community to which businesses, manufacturers, retirees, and young families are eager to relocate because the quality of life is so high. That’s great for economic development.
Big order! Truly exciting!