Polk County Health Department


Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (a calculation of weight and height) of 30 or higher. Obesity can lead to serious health consequences like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even arthritis.

There has been a steady incline of both obesity and diabetes rates in Polk County since 2004. Obesity now affects nearly one in every three people, reaching 29% in 2013.

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314