Playing by the numbers in Robeson

November 11, 2013

Sometimes numbers almost speak for themselves – let’s see how these do. All figures are for Robeson County unless otherwise stated:

— 16.8 million: number of pills dispensed in 2009.

— 19,832: number of pills turned in during Operation Medicine Drop last week.

— 42,784: number of pills turned in 2013.

— 22.9 million: number of pills turned in 2013 in North Carolina.

— 17: number of animals testing positive for rabies during the past year.

— 48,278: number of dogs and cats.

— 9,656: number of animals vaccinated against rabies, about 20 percent.

— 308: number of teen births in 2012, v. 504 in 2007.

— 18: infant deaths in 2012, vs. 33 in 2007.

— 83.8 percent: children enrolled in free and reduced lunch program 2012, vs 80.6 percent 2007.

— 13,077: number of residents eligible for Obamacare insurance coverage.

— 13,900: number of residents who would have been eligible for expanded Medicaid who will remain uninsured.

— 2,211: number of residents tested positive for chlamydia in the past 24 months.

— 580: number of residents tested positive for gonorrhea in the past 24 months.

— 402: number of residents who had HIV/AIDS as of 2011.

— 40.9 percent: percentage od adults who are obese.

— 31.4 percent: percentage of children between ages 10 and17 who are obese in North Carolian.

One: number of new soccer fields at Lumberton High School. As with any housewarming-type event, additional items are necessary to complete the total field environment and donations are welcomed. This should afford more opportunity for physical activity and help reduce the burden of overweight/obese children and adults in Robeson County.

Bill Smith is director of the Robeson County Health Department.