4/27/16 – 5:02 A.M.
Hancock County is getting healthier for the most part. The Courier reports results of a new community health assessment were released Tuesday. The numbers show fewer people are smoking, and fewer teenagers are drinking alcohol. However, the 2015 Hancock County Health Assessment shows more adults are misusing medications.
The numbers released Tuesday are being compared to a health assessment done in 2011. Youth smoking has declined from 8 percent to 7 percent. Adult smoking dropped from 18 percent to 13 percent during the same time.
As far as access to health care goes, only 3 percent of the people surveyed had no insurance in 2015. That number was 8 percent in 2011.
While youth drinking has declined in the county, adults report drinking more. The study shows 60 percent of adults had at least one alcoholic beverage in the month before the survey. That was up from 51 percent. While one drink may not be an issue, the number of adults who reported binge drinking was also up; 19 percent in 2015 compared to 15 percent in 2011. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in one sitting for men and four or more drinks in one sitting for women.
The number of adults who are overweight was up three percentage points to 38 percent. However, the younger population is slimming down a little. 13 percent were overweight in 2011, compared to 12 percent in 2015. The percentage of adults and youths considered obese didn’t change.
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