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Report: Erie County too fat, too much smoking, drinking

Tom Jackson • Jan 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

We're fat. We smoke more than most Americans. And we drink more, too.

Welcome to the 2011-12 Erie County Health Assessment, a snapshot of how healthy local people are.

The Erie County Health Department released the report Thursday, along with two other new reports -- one on families with special needs children, the other on local preparedness for emergencies.

Among the findings: Erie County residents drink more than they used to, and they also drink more than most folks in Ohio and in the U.S.

Pete Schade, Erie County's health commissioner, said his agency will use the findings to figure out where it should focus its attention.

Because diabetes is a big problem in Erie County, for instance, the department will step up its diabetes education efforts, Schade said.

Read more of Erie County's diagnosis in Sunday's Register.

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