“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead."
Poor Richard's Almanack
11 January 2011
Jindal's War on Louisiana
No word on mental health, but as I posted a month or so ago, closing access to mental health will have severe repercussions and look what happened last Saturday in Arizona.
The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals’ Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Unit provides these facts about Louisiana on their website:
Approximately 208,000 adults or seven percent of adults in Louisiana have been diagnosed with diabetes.
African Americans have the highest prevalence of diabetes, with a nine percent diagnosis rate, compared to five percent of Hispanics and six percent of the white population.
Over 20% of adults currently do not have health insurance of any kind, including Medicaid or Medicare.
Nearly one out of four adults is obese.
Louisiana has the fourth highest cardiovascular death rate in the nation.
One in four adults in Louisiana are current smokers.
One in four Louisiana children have tried cigarettes by the 6th grade.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Louisiana, accounting for almost 40 percent of all deaths in the state.