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How healthy is your county?

Dr. Norman Sitz checks a patient’s medical record while working in his office Tuesday in Pendleton Dr. Norman Sitz checks a patient’s medical record while working in his office Tuesday in Pendleton. Buy this
Marlene Weaver | 14 March, 2018, 23:24

The health of Maine's counties are ranked in a new national report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Columbia County improved from ranking 30th in health outcomes in 2017 to 20th this year while health factors remained the same at 13th.

Local Tennessee counties fared much better than Southwest Virginia. A new report gives us an annual health snapshot of almost every county in the country.

Counties in south-central Minnesota varied greatly in new health rankings released today, even as they shared certain areas of concern. For more information on the Community Health Assessment, please visit www.livingstoncounty.us/doh.htm.

Rock County should pay attention to its percentage of children in poverty, Jerome said.

Robert W. Hicks, the Virginia Department of Health's deputy commissioner for community health services, said the rankings are beneficial in informing not only the health districts but the communities at large.

"We need to do more to address the true underlying drivers of health, if we want to see improvements and decrease health care costs", North Carolina's state health director, Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, said in a statement. The adult smoking rate and teen births were lower and access to exercise opportunities was higher, but obesity, physical inactivity, excessive drinking and food environment were the same. Racine was No. 61 and 62 for health outcomes and factors, respectively, while Kenosha came in at No. 59 and 66.

Sunny skies in Boulder today with a high of 55
Breezy, with a south southwest wind 8 to 13 miles per hour increasing to 15 to 20 miles per hour in the afternoon. Winds still blow from the west at 10 to 15 miles per hour , with gusts into the 20s or even 30s at times.

Blue Earth County's STD rates are an outlier in the region, but numerous other poor health metrics are shared by neighbors.

In addition to rich community partnerships, Buncombe County also has a wealth of healthcare partners who are invested in caring for the whole person, helping to offset factors that may be making them less healthy.

The goal of the ranking project is to give communities a look into their own health, which could provide opportunities for improvement.

According to the 2018 Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Wisconsin, starting with most healthy, are Ozaukee County, followed by Taylor, Pepin, Washington, and Waukesha counties. The average of all counties combined was 3.8 days. A new report compares the well-being of almost every county in the U.S.

Health outcomes also include quality-of-life indicators such as physical and mental health and babies with low birth weight.

The authors of the report card noted that children in poverty are less likely to have access to quality schools, and have fewer chances to be prepared for higher-wage jobs.

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