Chippewa County creeps up in health ratings

Report: Guilford County 29th healthiest in state

In his first State of the County address, Hein announced a multiyear year effort to make Ulster County "the healthiest county in the state".

The 2017 County Health Rankings, which was released Wednesday morning, ranked 83 counties across the state for healthy people.

In health outcomes, Travis County from ninth overall in 2016 to fifth this year.

To create the rankings, the foundation looks at numerous weighted health and wellness indicators, including smoking rate (10 percent), rate of adult obesity (28 percent), ratio of physicians to people (1,950 to one) and social conditions such as the childhood poverty rate (7 percent). However, interestingly, the access to exercise opportunities was lowest in Jones County (60 percent) compared to 86 percent in Houston and 77 percent in Bibb and 74 percent in Peach.

According to the County Health Rankings' data, 42 percent of adult residents in McDowell County are obese.

Bob Elmore, chairman of the Monroe County Board, said the economy in Monroe County is expanding. Twenty-one percent of Douglas County residents reported "severe housing problems", well above the statewide figure of 14 percent.

"Where you live matters to your health", Scott said.

"It's exciting to think that we're continuing to lead the state in health rankings", said Lynn Jackson, administrator of Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

Locally, all three counties had more premature deaths than the state and top national performers.

Poverty and cultural factors contribute to low health rankings in the region, said Heather Morgan, executive director of Project 17, an organization that attempts to fight poverty in 17 southeastern Kansas counties.

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"A better way to gauge a county's overall health is to look at specific measures over time".

La Crosse emerged as the highest-ranking Wisconsin county in the Coulee Region, while Houston County is the highest-finishing in Minnesota, ranked at sixth out of 87 counties in the Gopher State, a dip from fifth previous year.

Union County, with a premature death rate of 16,600, a number that measures the years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population, ranked as the unhealthiest county in Florida.

Skagit County has prioritized the opioid epidemic as one key way to improve community health.

Daily sports headlines from across Gwinnett County, including high school, professional and college news.

Health factors was broken down into categories for health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.

From 2014 to 2015, 85 percent of the increase in premature deaths could be attributed to an increase in deaths among these younger populations, the report found.

In a ranking of West Virginia's 55 counties, Harrison County has moved from 31st up to 26th in health outcomes.

In a number of states, the least healthy county also overlaps at least one Native American reservation, where poor economic conditions, unhealthy behaviors, and the resulting negative health outcomes are far more common than elsewhere. But New Mexico girls 15 to 19 gave birth at a rate of 51 per 100,000 - a rate significantly higher than the US rate of 38 per 100,000 girls in that age group.

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