- While smoking has decreased from 25.3 percent to 16.9 percent of the adult population in the last ten years. 174,000 adults still smoke in New Hampshire.
- In the past year, the percentage of children in poverty decreased from 10.5 percent to 6.2 percent of persons under age 18.
- In the past year, diabetes increased from 7.1 percent to 7.9 percent of the adult population. There are now 81,000 New Hampshire adults with diabetes.
- In the past ten years, obesity increased from 18.1 percent to 25.5 percent of the adult population with 262,000 obese adults in the state.
- Since 1990, the infant mortality rate decreased from 8.4 to 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births and is the lowest among all states.
Strengths for the State of New Hampshire
- Low percentage of children in poverty
- Low violent crime rate
- High use of early prenatal care
- High immunization coverage
Challenges for the State of New Hampshire
- Moderate per capita public health funding
- Moderate prevalence of binge drinking
State Health Department Web Site: www.dhhs.state.nh.us