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New report: NC kids' health shows good progress, WECT +20 other news outlets (11.04.2011)


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A report on the health of North Carolina's children has encouraging news, but warns that the future will likely be more challenging.

Action for Children North Carolina and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine released on Thursday its annual report card ranking kids' health using 13 categories.

The state gets especially high marks for early intervention, environmental health and the low number of communicable disease cases. The report didn't assign a grade of 'F' in any of the categories.

But the report says the data, taken from 2010, will likely get worse in the future as a long-term consequence of the sluggish economy. The groups warn that budget cuts to education and other child-focused programs could come back to haunt the state years from now.

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