Report: Children’s health a reflection of parents’ health

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A report says one of the best ways to improve the health of North Carolina is to help their parents improve their own health.

The report issued Tuesday by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and NC Child says more than 17 percent of all parents statewide, or 324,000 people, lack health insurance. Authors of the annual report say that’s a major impediment because the future of children can’t be separated from their families’ health.

Authors say the state badly lags in school health, weight, physical activity, tobacco use, and mental health, alcohol and substance areas. The report card gives those areas a “D.”

Hospitalization rates for asthma have improved and received an “A.” Insurance coverage, teen births, immunization rates and dental health all got a “B.”

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