Augusta ranked as 10th least healthy city in America - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Augusta ranked as 10th least healthy city in America

Dr. Tarak Patel (WFXG) Dr. Tarak Patel (WFXG)
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Many of the hospitals and Universities here in Augusta are ranked among the highest in the nation. But now the City of Augusta is topping a new list as one of the country's least healthy cities. A new study from Wallet Hub ranks Augusta as the 10th least healthy city in America.

The list compared 150 of the most populated cities in the country. The data was based on health care, food, fitness and green space. The green space refers to physical activity, hinting that people in Augusta should put in a bit more physical activity.

Augusta's lowest scores were in the fitness category and the food category. Scores for the food category are based on things like healthy restaurants per capita, farmers markets per capita and share of obese residents. 30% percent of adults in Georgia are overweight. 

Dr. Tarak Patel hopes that this ranking will be a learning lesson. "It all starts with education. Including our children. In the schools, we need to make sure kids are learning about healthy habits, healthy diet." Dr. Patel says that just eating more greens a vegetables can be a good start and adding more steps to your day.

Augusta was also on the list for one of the top cities with the most dieticians and nutritionists per capita, with five times the difference of cities like Las Vegas and Chattanooga.

Copyright 2017 WFXG. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Cooling Centers are available this weekend in preparation for triple digit heat index

    Cooling Centers are available this weekend in preparation for triple digit heat index

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-07-22 02:43:44 GMT

    If you know about Columbia County's cooling centers, you are one of the few. The County is trying to do a better job of spreading the word that these cooling centers are out there.  Don't let the gloomy clouds deceive you. The occasional cloud cover we saw on Friday is expected to disappear this weekend. This while the heat index will go above 100.  "Stayed hydrated, Check the heat index, don't go out unless you absolutely have or unless you need too," says ...

    More >>

    If you know about Columbia County's cooling centers, you are one of the few. The County is trying to do a better job of spreading the word that these cooling centers are out there.  Don't let the gloomy clouds deceive you. The occasional cloud cover we saw on Friday is expected to disappear this weekend. This while the heat index will go above 100.  "Stayed hydrated, Check the heat index, don't go out unless you absolutely have or unless you need too," says ...

    More >>
  • All God's Creatures talks heartworm prevention

    All God's Creatures talks heartworm prevention

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:52 AM EDT2017-07-21 15:52:49 GMT
    Source: WFXG file imageSource: WFXG file image

    The beauty of summer means your pets are spending more time outdoors. Mosquitoes are also out and trying to give your pets heartworms.

    More >>

    The beauty of summer means your pets are spending more time outdoors. Mosquitoes are also out and trying to give your pets heartworms.

    More >>
  • Suspect sought in Stevens Creed Rd. shooting

    Suspect sought in Stevens Creed Rd. shooting

    Friday, July 21 2017 6:58 PM EDT2017-07-21 22:58:26 GMT
    Anthony Mitchell (source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)Anthony Mitchell (source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)

    The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for an assault suspect. ON Thursday, July 20 at around 10:11 p.m. deputies responded to reports of a gunshot on the 1000 block of Stevens Creek Road. When they arrived, deputies found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. 

    More >>

    The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for an assault suspect. ON Thursday, July 20 at around 10:11 p.m. deputies responded to reports of a gunshot on the 1000 block of Stevens Creek Road. When they arrived, deputies found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly