Friday, 13 July 2007

The state of our children

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A new government report, titled America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2007, was released this week. Health experts say the findings serve as a "national report card" for the state of the health of the country's children.

The good:
  • Fewer teens are having sex, and the teen birth rate hit an all time low in 2005.
  • Children receiving recommended vaccinations are on the rise, up from 71% to 81%.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke has been reduced, but is still a significant 59%.
  • In the 6-12 year old age group, the percentage of obesity tripled over the last 25 years.
  • Violent crime is down significantly from 2003, though there was a small spike in 2005.
  • About 88% of teens finish high school or earn a diploma.
  • The number of children living in homes considered "food insecure" dropped, and the number of children living in homes where at least one parent was employed rose.

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