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Tensas Parish Health Stats

  • County Health Rankings indicates Tensas Parish currently ranks 61 out of 64 Louisiana parishes based on Health Outcomes and 62 out of 64 based on Health Factors
  • 35% of Tensas’ adult residents are obese
  • 36% of adults are physically inactive
  • 16% of parish residents have diabetes
  • 20% of the parish is uninsured
  • 25% of Tensas’ residents report food insecurity
  • 33% of Tensas’ residents report limited access to healthy foods
    • Limited access to healthy foods estimates the percentage of the population who:
      1. are low income
      2. do not live close to a grocery store
    • Low income is defined as having an annual family income of less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold for the family size
    • Living close to a grocery store is defined in rural areas as living less than 10 miles from a grocery store whereas in non-rural areas, it is defined as less than 1 mile
  • “About half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and overweight and obesity” (Dietary Guidelines for Americans)
  • Over 2/3 of American adults and almost 1/3 of American children and youths are overweight or obese (Dietary Guidelines for Americans)

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