NC Child Health Report Card Findings Bittersweet

A new report says North Carolina children are getting more access to medical and dental care but too many are overweight, use alcohol or tobacco or suffer abuse.

The findings of the annual North Carolina Child Health Report Card released Thursday examined trends from 2000 through 2008. The advocacy group Action for Children and the North Carolina Institute for Medicine assemble the report.

The report credits a smaller percentage of uninsured children to enrollment increases in public health insurance programs like NC Health Choice. The report also gave high grades to the state because children are born with a low number of communicable diseases and many are screened for lead poisoning.

Barbara Bradley with Action for Children says other data
reflect "continued unacceptable risks" for young people.

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