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Health report takes the pulse of York County residents

York
County residents are more
likely to carry health insurance than their peers across the state and nation,
but also are more likely to be obese or overweight than either of those
populations. 

York
County residents are more
likely to carry health insurance than their peers across the state and nation,
but also are more likely to be obese or overweight than either of those
populations. 

That’s according to a report released this morning by the
Healthy York County Coalition that provides a snapshot of the city’s and
county’s health and health needs in 2008.

The 2008 Community Health Assessment Final Report covers a
wide range of areas, including chronic disease, access to care, risky
behaviors, mental health, immunizations and crime.

Healthy York Coalition researched and compiled the report
over the course of a year in partnership with Healthy Adams
County
and Holleran, a
West Hempfield Township-based research firm.

Among the significant findings where county data deviated
from state and national norms:

  • County adults compare favorably to other
    populations in instances of lung cancer and non-Hodgkins lymphoma but are more
    likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer, prostate cancer or melanoma of the
    skin.
  • County residents are more likely to receive
    prenatal care.
  • The county has higher rates of gestational
    diabetes.

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