- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Health data suggests residents in eastern Oregon weigh more, exercise less and use more alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs than recommended.

The East Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/23yTpzI ) that data from a community health survey completed by more than 800 residents of Umatilla and Morrow counties revealed the communities needed work in terms of health. A similar survey was conducted in Umatilla County in 2011.

According to the data, Umatilla County did reduce the number of uninsured adults between 2011 and 2015. In 2011, 16 percent of adults in Umatilla County self-reported as uninsured. In 2015, that number had fallen to 8 percent.

On the downside, there was a 17 percent drop in respondents’ perception of their health.

Officials say the survey results will influence health initiatives in the area.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

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