Essay on Scottsdale, Az Community Assessment

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Scottsdale: Community Assessment and Analysis
Jennifer Hensley
Megan Kehrli
Isha Maina
Maribel Martinez
Kelly Simpson
Lisa Taylor
Grand Canyon University: NRS-427v Community Health
February 3, 2013

Scottsdale: Community Assessment and Analysis Scottsdale, Arizona was incorporated in 1951 and is the sixth largest city in Arizona (City of Scottsdale, 2013). Scottsdale is 184.2 square miles located in the picturesque Sonoran Desert nestled just east of Phoenix, north of the Salt River Pima Indian Community, and west of the McDowell Mountains. The city’s official slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town.” The city is a prime area for new urban growth
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The community has a big challenge maintaining the grass on the multiple golf courses within a desert state with little water recourses. Scottsdale pioneered wastewater reuse and water banking which recycles water within the community thus decreasing the need to import water. The community aims to conserve its natural water resources, preserve its meaningful open space, and enhance the character areas that make Scottsdale such a desirable place to live (City of Scottsdale, 2013). Rated number ten as one of America’s most playful cities, Scottsdale values resources like hiking trails and museums while boasting weather for walkability and healthy lifestyle choices (Sperling’s Best Places, 2013), yet some of the community functional health pattern results reveal certain unhealthy trends. Scottsdale ranks in the top ten in caffeine consumption in the nation (Prince Market Research, 2008), although low in nicotine consumption (30 Cities with Smoking Problems, 2013), alcohol (Ewalt & Vander Broek, 2008), and drugs (Vardi, 2009). Despite the extensive outdoor recreational areas, a high percentage of time is spent on sedentary leisure activities such as television viewing with 33.3% of adolescents watching television three or more hours a day. And, only 25.7% participate in physical activities that last sixty minutes in a one-week time period (CDC-Arizona, 2010). Scottsdale also has the less desirable top ten ranking for U.S. cities with the worst air

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