San Joaquin Valley residents have lost ground more than they gained in key measures of their health, according to a study released today.
"Healthy People 2010," a profile of health status in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties, was prepared by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno.
* Worsening adult binge drinking and illegal drug use, adolescent alcohol use, adolescent sexual abstinence and use of condoms, adult treatment for depression and senior flu shots.
* Improvements in adult and adolescent tobacco use and adolescent immunization.
The report compared the most-recently available data to data from earlier in the decade.