Lucas County's overall health reviewed

Lucas County's overall health reviewed

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Lucas County Health Assessment conference says their is an increase in depression and suicide in the community.

Researchers say about 6,000 people reported attempting suicide in the last year. Perhaps more disturbingly, four percent of kids between grades 6 and 12 reported they have attempted suicide more than once.

Another negative trend is the obesity rate continues to be high among both adults and children.

However, there were positive trends seen in the county's health assessment.

Residents are starting to lower their blood pressure.

"We've also seen a decrease in smoking. I would attribute that the work that really started in Lucas County around smoke free areas and smoke free Ohio," said Jane Ruma of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio. "People aren't exposed to smoke, they don't smoke as often."

Experts did find that e-cigarettes are still popular among youth groups.

Next month the county will start work on it's health improvement plan to tackle some of these health issues.

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