According to the 2011 edition of America’s Health Rankings, Georgia continues to drop as healthy. The Peach State now ranks 37th in the country. The report noted strengths such as a low prevalence of binge drinking, high immunization coverage and moderate use of early prenatal care. Georgia faces big challenges such as a low high school graduation rate, high levels of air pollution and a high rate of uninsured population. And almost 2.2 million adults in Georgia are obese, 894,000 more adults than 10 years ago.
- also notable:
- Diabetes increased in the past decade from 6.8 percent to 9.7 percent of the adult population, increasing the number of adults with diabetes in Georgia to 698,000.
- Smoking in Georgia has decreased from 22.1 percent to 17.6 percent of the adult population in the past five years, but nearly 1.3 million adults here still smoke.
- The percentage of children in poverty in Georgia increased from 16.4 percent to 24.7 percent of people under age 18.
But in good news, Georgia’s violent crime rate decreased from 446 to 403 offenses per 100,000 population.
Atlanta Business Chronicle