KSLA News 12 Editorial: April 22, 2013-ArkLaTex Health Rankings - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

KSLA News 12 Editorial: April 22, 2013-ArkLaTex Health Rankings

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How healthy are you?  How healthy is the community you live in? Well, according to a nationwide study, many places in the ArkLaTex aren't doing too well.

The on-going study ranks each parish and county by a variety of criteria: how long people live, their quality of life, health behaviors like over eating or smoking and social and economic factors.

In the two largest parishes of Northwest Louisiana, Bossier Parish is doing very well coming in at the ninth best position in the state.

Caddo, on the other hand, is listed number 47 out of 64 parishes.

In Texas, where there are more than 232 counties, Bowie is ranked 193rd and Cass is even lower at 218. Those are low scores.

And in Southwest Arkansas, Miller County comes in at 39, about in the middle, and Lafayette County is number 71, only four places from the bottom.

The good news is all these scores can improve, but we all have to do our part. Watching what we eat and drink, exercise, stop smoking and start your children out with healthy habits.

If you would like to take a look at  how all the parishes and counties rank you can go to our website, ksla.com and click on Feeling Healthy in the Links in the News section. 

I'm James Smith.

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