Concord, NH – The 2011 New Hampshire State Health Profile is now available for use by state, community, and local public health agencies. This report provides updated data on many areas affecting the health of New Hampshire’s citizens including alcohol and drug abuse, physical activity, radon, cancer and much more.
“This comprehensive report contains a wealth of information on what we as a state are doing well, where we need to make improvements, and where our long-range planning efforts should be focused,” said Nicholas Toumpas, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
“Studies have rated New Hampshire the most livable state, and we have much to be proud of, but there are areas in which we must improve, such as obesity, nutrition, and substance abuse for the good of our citizens and our State.”
The data in the report indicate several positive trends, such as a decrease in the teen birth rate, a decrease in the percentage of adults who smoke, and an increase in the use of dental sealants. There are also some negative trends identified, including the number of residents living in poverty, the rate of obesity, and reports of substance abuse.
“Public health has been the driver of improvements in such areas as rates of disease, food safety, and clean water, so we need to keep that momentum going to focus on emerging challenges,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Some of these new challenges we face are the sharp rise in the obesity rate, access to health and dental care, and alcohol and illegal drug use. Our expectation is that this report will provide a framework for our public health partners as they plan their agendas for the future. There is much to do and we will rise to the challenge; it is time to start thinking about health as something to keep and not just something to attain.”
To read the report or download it, go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov.