Washington County ranks 65th in healthy residents

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 01:03 PM.

Washington County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ted Everett cited the study at the Third Thursday Chamber meeting on March 21.

"We have to do something as a society about childhood obesity," Everett said. He said the Chamber has partnered with Northwest Florida Community Hospital for the "We Can" program, which strives to teach students and parents about nutrition and exercise.

Thirty percent of the county’s adults report not exercising in their leisure time, compared with 24 percent statewide and in Bay County.


Teen pregnancy

Another striking figure is the teen birth rate, which was very high in rural counties. For every 1,000 female teenagers 15 to19 years old, Washington County had 57 births compared 40 statewide.

Bay County had 56 births per 1,000 teens; Calhoun County had 57; Franklin County had 82; Gulf County had 44; Holmes County had 68 births; Jackson County had 55; and Walton County had 53.

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