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Editorial: South GA needs to improve its health

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South Georgia is an unhealthy place.

Annual county by county ratings put Dougherty County at 154 out of Georgia's 159 counties.  Seven of the bottom 10 are in our area.

The ratings are based on dozens of factors.  Everything from obesity and teen pregnancy rates to graduation and unemployment rates to the number of primary care physicians and dentists.

Dougherty County ranked especially low in the Quality of Life, Health Behaviors, and Social and Economic Factors categories.  

It's not an easy problem to fix, but it's one all of our institutions, schools, governments, non-profit groups, and the health care industry, must work together to solve.  

Lives depend on it.

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