Rankings aren’t much different from state scores, previous years
By Nick Tabor, New Era Staff Writer
A county-by-county survey of the nation’s health statistics hit the Internet on Tuesday. From one perspective, Christian County’s statistics are jarring.
The county scored significantly worse than the national benchmark in premature death rates, people in poor or fair health, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, excessive drinking, deaths in vehicle wrecks, sexually transmitted infections, teen births, preventable hospital stays, unemployment, children living in poverty, children in single-parent homes, inadequate social support, violent crime rates, limited access to healthy food, and prevalence of fast food restaurants.
But from another perspective, this report brings no surprises at all; it only shows Christian County is deeply situated in its time and place. Comparing the new data with a 2007 statewide study shows Christian County’s health has not changed much in the last five years.