County Health Rankings indicates St. Mary Parish currently ranks 27 out of 64 Louisiana parishes based on Health Outcomes.
38% of St. Mary’s adult residents are obese.
16% of residents have diabetes.
37% of adults are physically inactive.
11% of the parish is uninsured.
17% of St. Mary’s residents report food insecurity, and 15% report limited access to healthy foods.
Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to a reliable source of food during the past year.
“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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