Obesity a top concern of area residents

Chelle Delaney

When it comes to extra pounds Tucumcari is just as concerned as the rest of the nation.

Obesity reduction and prevention is one of the top concerns of Tucumcari and Quay County area residents, according to a recent survey.

Residents’ other priorities were substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention and suicide prevention, the survey found.

The survey is one that is taken every four years by the Quay County Maternal Child and Community Health Council and determines the council’s work over the next four years, said MCCH Coordinator Alida Brown. One thousand surveys were distributed earlier this year throughout the community and the response rate was 41 percent.

At a meeting on Tuesday the council listed its priorities and actions to address the four areas.

To reduce obesity, Brown said, the council will partner with other community groups and agencies to: