Entries in South (2)


Atlanta Bans Smoking, Other Southern States Following Suit 

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- This week Atlanta becomes the biggest city in the South to ban smoking in public parks, just like New York City’s ban last year, according to the New York Times.

Although the South has the biggest number of smokers in the nation, other states like Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana and Florida have banned smoking in bars and restaurants.

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Quality of Child Care Varies Greatly by Region

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) - A new report has revealed in which states children get the best health care, and in which states they get the worst, reports WebMD.

According to a report card from the Commonwealth Fund, children in the upper Midwest and New England have the best access to affordable health care, prevention, treatment and overall health benefits. Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire made the top five for child health care.
The South and Southwest regions scored the worst with Florida, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi and Nevada making up the bottom five states.

“There are wide gaps between leading and lagging states for oral health problems, obesity, and smoking rates," said Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund. For example, just three percent of children in Massachusetts were uninsured in 2009, compared to 17 and 18 percent uninsured in Nevada, Florida, and Texas.

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