Health ranking slips in Texas, ETX even worse than before
POSTED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 8:09pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:18pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — New numbers from America's health ranking are in, Texas slipped to number 36 out of 50 states; and county-by-county ranks in East Texas are even worse than the national numbers.
According to new statistics released, more than 3.3 million adults in Texas are smokers, which is up from last year's numbers. In addition to the sliding stats, almost 5.4 million adults, about 30% of the Texas population are obese, also up from the 2012 numbers.
Northeast Texas Public Health District director for disease, Russell Hopkins said, "We've regressed we've actually slid in the rankings locally from 2012 to 2013." Out of 232 counties ranked, almost every county in East Texas dropped in overall health. "In Smith County from 2012 to 2013 went from 50th in health factors to 83rd," Hopkins said.
The worst area in East Texas for overall health, Polk county ranking dead last in the entire state of Texas.
Hopkis said, "They were lower than what we expected them to be."
The low number of people who have health insurance in the state also plays a role in these alarming numbers Hopkins says, "24 percent of our population is uninsured, so that's a major factor that prohibits people from getting access to care when they are sick and they do need it."
Hopkins says, the East Texas community can participate in programs like "Fit City" or other health organizations to hopefully improve these numbers by next year.
Learn more about Fit City here: http://fitcitytyler.com/
To see where your county ranks for 2013 click here:http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/texas/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank