A new report praises North Carolina for a near record-low child death rate but gives the state low grades for child obesity and access to insurance.
The advocacy group Action for Children and the North Carolina Institute for Medicine released their N.C. Child Health Report Card on Wednesday.
Action for Children President and CEO Barbara Bradley noted that there has been "stagnation" in some areas related to children's health care. For example, minorities continue to have higher infant mortality and teen pregnancy rates than whites.
The groups said that government officials must continue to focus on health initiatives but that parents need to be involved, too.