The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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April 5, 2013

Learn how to stay healthy

DANVILLE — A recent report from the Robert Wood Foundation in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked counties in each state based on a number of health factors.

Locally, Vermilion County ranked 96th out of the 102 counties in Illinois.

In Indiana, Warren County stood at 12th out of 92 counties, with Fountain finishing at 35th and Vermillion at No. 84.

On both sides of the state line, a number of adult smokers greatly influenced the results.

A number of local organization on the Indiana side of the state line will offer residents ways to become healthier during a day-long session that begins at 9 a.m. EDT Saturday in Williamsport Christian Church, 20 E. 3rd St.

The day has been designed specifically for mothers to be.

Sessions include information on poison prevention, safe sleep, CPR, car seat safety, nutrition, breastfeeding and how to stop smoking.

Despite its relatively good health rating, more than 33 percent of mothers in Fountain County smoked during pregnancy, according to 2010 statistics. Vermillion County reported 26 percent, with Warren at 23 percent.

The national average is 12.8 percent.

Smoking during pregnancy can cause lower birth weight for babies, increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death syndrome, increase the risk of miscarriage and increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies, according to information from the.

Taking steps to ensure a healthy pregnancy not only improves the health of mother and child, but can reduce medical costs as well.

Visit Saturday’s special event to learn more.

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