How Healthy is Your County?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
How Healthy is Your County?
Wed, 02-17-2010 - 2:43pm

Want to know how healthy the county you live in is? 

Where you live plays a role in your health, and a new report that ranks health factors in each of the nation’s 3,000-plus counties promises to point local policymakers to ways they can help.

Looking at each state’s best and worst further illuminates a well-known trend: The least healthy counties tend to be poor and rural, and the healthiest ones tend to be urban or suburban and upper-income.

The report, released Wednesday, isn’t the first to examine county-level health. Cancer and access to health care, for example, have long been studied that way. But the new database ties standard measures — general health and the rate of premature death — with more factors that play a role in those outcomes, from smoking, obesity and binge drinking to the unemployment rate, childhood poverty, air pollution and access to grocery stores.

Read more & find out if your county is among the healthies or most unhealthy in your state.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2009
Fri, 02-19-2010 - 3:28pm
Woohoo, I live in one of the healthiest counties in my state!

A web site has been set up to make finding your county easier:


Community Leader of Women's Health

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Fri, 02-19-2010 - 3:34pm

That's great news!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2009
Fri, 10-01-2010 - 5:17pm