At a time of increasing medical costs, keeping a watchful eye over our health is becoming more and more important. St. Mary's Regional Medical Center's Take Charge! Community Health Risk Screening Program helps identify health risks and promote healthy lifestyles for individuals and businesses in central and southern Maine. Since the program's inception in 2002, Take Charge! has screened over 6,000 people! Androscoggin County has an unusually high rate of residents who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. The Maine Bureau of Health Statistics clearly illustrate the need for a comprehensive health screening program in the Lewiston/Auburn region:
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Maine
. About four out of every ten people in Maine
die from CVD, which adds up to over 4,500 people each year.
Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of serious illnesses such as heart disease and stroke
Over one-quarter of Maine
adults report having been told that their blood pressure is high.
About three-quarters of Maine
adults report that they had their cholesterol checked within the last five years.
More than one-half of Maine
adults are sedentary, not getting enough physical activity for health benefits.
, obesity and overweight rates have both risen 20% over the past 10 years. Thirteen percent of Maine
high school students are overweight, and 15% are at risk for becoming overweight. Today, over half (56.3%) of Maine
adults are overweight or obese.