SCPHI on ABC Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C . – South Carolina Public Health Institute Associate Director for Outreach and Program Development, Megan Weis, was featured on ABC Columbia’s 11 o’clock June 15, 2011. A recent study released ranked Lexington County the second healthiest county in the overall health rankings of South Carolina.

In the study researchers found that the life expectancy of people in most counties in the U.S. is shorter than people in other countries. The major factors that are responsible: smoking, obesity and high blood pressure.

In the State of South Carolina, obesity and tobacco are the major contributors for health problems and it seems the numbers are only getting worse. But it’s not all bad.

“I see tremendous opportunity for progress to, at first, stop the numbers from getting worse. We can hit that bottom and move up,” said Weis in her TV interview.

SCPHI and other organizations are looking to continue the push to make South Carolina a healthier state. This and other studies can encourage broad based collaboration for solutions to improve health outcomes.

For the rest of Weis’ interview please visit ABC Columbia.

Other resources:
South Carolina County Health Rankings

Falling behind: life expectancy in US counties from 2000 to 2007 in an international context

Most U.S. Counties Not Living as Long as Other Countries

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