How Healthy is Your County?
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|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 nationâ€™s 3,000-plus counties promises to point local policymakers to ways they can help.
Looking at each stateâ€™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, isnâ€™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 â€” general health and the rate of premature death â€” 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.