Apr 15, 2014 12:58 PM
In a list of America’s least healthy cities published by USA Today, Redding is listed as the 5th unhealthiest city in the country.
Gallup-Healthways surveyed hundreds of thousands Americans in 189 metropolitan areas in the United States in 2012 and 2013. The survey recorded the physical and emotional health of the residents, as well as measuring job satisfaction and access to basic needs.
The USA Today article said nearly a third of Redding area respondents said health problems prevented them from participating in age-appropriate activities, and 36.9 % said their health kept them from their usual routines. Both rates were among the highest in the nation.
Recurring pain was a common problem for many respondents, but even worse, 10.7% of those surveyed said they had previously been diagnosed with cancer, one of the highest rates in the nation.
Drug use has also been a major health issue in the area. Shasta County, which makes up the Redding metro area, is considered part of the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and use of hard drugs such as methamphetamine has been cited as a problem in the county.