New database ranks key health indicators for Ga. counties

ATLANTA (WTOC) – A new report shows that 89 percent of Georgia's counties have more obese adults than the national average, according to data from Partner Up! For Public Health.

The group's 2010 Georgia Public Health Rankings Report looked at the state's 159 counties and measured 15 areas. The information is part of a new database and tool that launched Tuesday by Partner Up! for Public Health.

Ninety-one percent of Georgia counties have a lower life expectancy than the U.S. median of 76.5 years and two-thirds of Georgia counties have a worse rate of death from cancer than the U.S. average of 178.4 deaths per 100,000, according to the report.

The database aggregates public health data at the county level from existing public sources, according a news release.

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