How do NJ kids rank against the national average? We've got the stats for how healthy our kids are. 

  • 66% of NJ kids in grades 9–12 reported they’ve never tried even one or two puffs of a cigarette.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 5.5% of kids in NJ ages 4–17 currently have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) compared to 8.8% nationally. 
  • There are 7,318 practicing dentists in New Jersey, out of 193,300 in the United States, according to the CDC, and at least 190 pediatric dentists with offices Here, according to the NJ Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Autism affects 1 in 45 children in the state, according to Autism New Jersey, compared to 1 in 68 nationwide. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. 
  • 104,111 babies were born in NJ in 2014, according to the CDC.Nearly 100,000 kids in NJ have serious food allergies to things like milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, fish, shellfish and tree nuts.
  • 39%of New Jersey students in grades 9–12 report they’ve had sexual intercourse, compared to 47% nationally.
  • NJ has the second-lowest percentage of people with teeth-strengthening fluoride in the water in the US, with just 14.6% of its residents having fluoridated tap water, according to the CDC. 
  • 8.7% of high school students in NJ were classified as obese in 2013, according to a CDC report, the second-lowest state obesity rate among high schoolers in the country.

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