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Hawaii County lags behind others in healthy living statistics

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HILO » Hawaii County residents continue to lag behind the rest of the state when it comes to healthy living.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported yesterday that a recent study found the island has the state’s highest percentage of adult smokers, highest premature death rate, highest motor vehicle crash death rate, highest rate of children living in poverty, and highest rate of teen pregnancies.

The study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation compared 28 statistics for the counties. 

Honolulu’s population rated highest, followed by Maui and Kauai.

The Big Island outperformed its neighbors in one area: it had the lowest violent crime rate in the state with 174 committed per 100,000 people.

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