Federal agriculture officials visited Georgia farmers. They say the state has the highest percentage of acreage in exceptional drought. In all 29 states have been named disaster areas because of the U. S. drought.
West Georgia's Talbot County is the latest poor, rural county to rank as the state's "unhealthiest." The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have put out nation-wide, county-by-county health rankings for the past three years.
A new report says, some Georgians now are living a decade shorter than others, depending on where they live. Researchers looked at longevity over a 20 year period. While people in Southwest Georgia's Calhoun County still live the state's shortest lives and people in Metro Atlanta's Fayette County still live the state's longest, the gap between them grew -- by a year for men and three years for women.
A new report finds, Georgia counties are just about as healthy as they are wealthy. It's from the annual County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin and the R-W Johnson Foundation. The study paints a map of Georgia that strongly links health factors like obsesity and smoking to lower-income areas where people are less educated and underemployed.