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Obesity, smoking rates high in regional report

What is being touted as an eye-opening regional health report shows promise in some areas but numbers that concern local officials in others.

The inaugural Community Health Indicators Report was commissioned by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and compiled by the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO). It provides a glimpse into residents’ well-being across 13 regional counties, including Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates.

Here are some of the key findings:

• The prevalence of obesity (a body mass index of 30 or higher) in the greater Finger Lakes region is 41.9 percent. This is slightly higher than the latest national average (39.8) reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• The percentage of patients who say they currently smoke is 22 percent, significantly higher than the latest national average (14 percent) reported by the CDC.

• Nearly two-thirds of people (66.4 percent) with high blood pressure had their condition under control. This is better than the national average of 54 percent.

• Almost three out of four patients (74.4 percent) with a diabetes diagnosis had their disease under control.

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