The Ottumwa Community Health Survey was conducted from April to June 2013 via telephone interviews. Only residents of the City of Ottumwa, who were 18 years or older, were eligible to be interviewed. The survey used random-digit dialing (RDD) methodology to allow for the survey sample to estimate the responses of all Ottumwa residents. Over 1000 residents completed the survey.
One finding highlight was that a large proportion of respondents reported no leisure physical activity (41%) each week. Almost 27% of respondents did not meet the recommended level of physical activity. Leisure physical activity is very important for physical and mental health and as a group the members of the Ottumwa Community Advisory Board and the UI PRC decided to develop a program to increase leisure physical activity in Ottumwa residents. This program is Active Ottumwa and it began in the fall of 2014.