• Tipping the Scales


    Southwestern Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of “healthy weight” adults among the Pittsburgh Today benchmark regions, according to 2016 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the most recent available. But here’s the catch: Fewer than 1 in 3 southwestern Pennsylvanians are a healthy weight and more than... More

  • Health Coverage Widespread


    Pittsburghers are covered when it comes to having health insurance. About 96 percent of adults in the Pittsburgh region reported having some type of health insurance in 2016, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The rate of health care coverage in the seven-county Pittsburgh... More

  • Drilling For Answers


    Understanding the public health impact of fracking slowly gains ground Well pads, compressor stations, diesel truck traffic. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves many moving parts, some of which have the potential to vent pollutants into the air southwestern Pennsylvanians breathe. Fracking doesn’t consist of large, stationary pollution sources, like U.S. Steel’s metallurgical coke plant in... More