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State of Florida near bottom of list for health and well being
FLORIDA -- The state of Florida is near the bottom of the list for health and well being coming in number 34 out of 50.
Today doctors, health directors, and employers from Escambia and Santa Rosa County talked about the problems and they discussed possible solutions.
"Many members of the medical community gathered today to talk about some of leading health risks in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties smoking, obesity, and diabetes."
The Centers for Disease Control says lowering health care costs could improve workers' productivity and make the community stronger.
That's exactly why leaders in the two counties say it's important to find solutions.
Dr. David Sjoberg "By improving health we can actually reduce some of the cost of health care and improve our economy."
Breast and kidney cancer are both on the rise.
And while some cases could be linked to genetics others can be caused by choices the person has made.
The group looked at ways to stop people from using tobacco.
"We need to consider making smoking cessation available to all of our employees at no cost because ultimately that saves us more than it cost us to do."
Jimmy Oglesby says he's glad to hear people are looking to help others improve their health.
He smoked himself for years.
"One day I decided it's bad for your health no patch, no doctor, I quit cold turkey."
Obesity and diabetes are also an issue in the area especially in school age children.
Many people link both to poverty.
Kerry Murphy " If you're really getting healthy food it cost more than the junk and so maybe the state or county could help ot with people that need money to give them healthy choices.
"After this session they plan on forming smaller groups to tackle those big health risk."