Trigg 34th among Kentucky counties in Health Assessment
by Alan Reed
Mar 05, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The University of Kentucky released its Comparative Assessment of Health Risk for Trigg County. The report serves as a report card comparing Trigg’s healthfulness in several categories against the other 119 counties within Kentucky. In the upper third, Trigg County placed 34th overall in the state.

Among strengths listed among county residents, the report listed low obesity, good physical activity, high per-capita income, and the prevalence of insured residents, low numbers of diabetes cases and a low rate of breast cancer.

The report cited smoking rates, oral health, immunization coverage, cardiovascular deaths, lung cancer and colorectal cancers as challenges facing the county. The report also referenced a high rate of premature death and a high incidence of prostate cancer.

Among the demographics compiled in the report, Trigg County featured a smoking rate of 27 percent of the population, high compared to the national average of 21 percent, though lower than the Kentucky rate of 29 percent.

Drugs appear to be a problem in the county with a rate of 810 arrests per 100,000 members of the population. The national rate is somewhat lower, at 700 arrests for 100,000 residents, though the state average is much higher with 1,046 arrests per the 100,000-person benchmark.

The report gave the incidence of violent crime as above the state rate but less than the national level. Motor vehicle deaths averaged near the national level and less than the state rate.

Find out how Trigg rated in several catagories inside this week's Cadiz Record.
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