Runners take off for the 2012 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) - A recently released children's well-being report, called "Kids Count," placed Tennessee youth 16th in the country for health.
The health score is derived from the number of low-birth weight babies, children without health insurance, children and teen deaths and teens who abuse drugs.
"Knox county generally compares pretty well. We have positive indicators around some of the same things that contribute to the overall ranking," said Kathy Brown, director of epidemiology at the Knox County Health Department
The state ranked 36th overall for well-being. Other categories scored include economic well-being, education and family and community.
Tennessee placed lowest in education, ranking in at 42, mostly due to low on time graduation rates.
But many East Tennessee parents are still pleased to see the score rise.
"The pediatricians must be doing something right then," said Sara Casaletto.
And so are the parents.
"The most important thing for Charlie is health and happiness, so that's what we focus on," said Carrie Kunath.
"Being able to play in fountains and parks. Just being around other kids and adults that are doing fun activities that are also healthy," said Chris Latham-Peacock.