Report Assesses Health of Fresno County Children
A greater percentage of children in Fresno County have been diagnosed with asthma than in any other county in California, and children in the county fare worse than children statewide in several other health categories, according to a report released Tuesday, the Fresno Bee reports. Healthy Fresno, a community partnership sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, commissioned the report, which found that among children in Fresno County:
- More than 20% have asthma;
- More than 30% are overweight, compared with 28.1% statewide; and
- 37% do not have a regular health care provider.
The report recommended that Fresno County take steps to improve access to preventive care for children and work to address nutrition, exercise and smoking (Anderson, Fresno Bee, 10/4). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.