County's health ranking improves slightly

Report: Guilford County 29th healthiest in state

Report: Guilford County 29th healthiest in state

Cathy Harding, chair of Healthy Communities Wyandotte's steering committee, said the county can point to some successes.

The annual County Health Rankings show a distinct difference in the health of residents in several counties in Central Florida, with Seminole ranking in the top five and Marion in the bottom half. Despite health spending approaching $10,000 per person - which amounts to twice and even three times the spending in other affluent nations - the United States ranks 28th in life expectancy among wealthy countries, according to the most recent Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development data. Madison County's high school graduation rate is 83 percent, one percentage point down from in 2016, according to the rankings.

While doing better, Chippewa County trails way behind neighbor Taylor County which finished fourth best in the state.

"Everywhere I look, people are continuing to raise the bar so that we're not just sitting back and saying, 'we're number one, good for us'".

Among some of the more common measures of health status, 16 percent of adults in Erie and 18 percent in Niagara reported smoking cigarettes most days or every day, compared to 12 percent in Nassau and Westchester counties.

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Additionally, the rankings show drug overdose is the leading cause of death among Americans aged 25 to 44, according to the report.

Adult obesity is 36 percent here, compared to 31 percent in OH, and physical inactivity is 33 percent, compared to 25 percent in the state.

"(Social determinants of health) impact where we learn, play, work, worship - everything about where we live can impact our health", Cox said.

"Well this is a sad day indeed", Dr. Deborah McMahan, the county health commissioner, said in an email response. The study looks at lifestyle factors and notes that premature deaths are in many cases preventable.

Education is another important factor affecting the health rankings, Scott said.

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Tolland County ranked as the healthiest in CT, despite six percent of the county's population living without health insurance. "We continue to show strong health outcomes".

The report said the five healthiest counties are Ozaukee, Kewaunee, St. Croix, Taylor and Washington. Another measure is drug overdoses, which totaled 57 in Santa Rosa. That percentage includes the number of households with at least one of four problems: overcrowding, high housing costs, incomplete plumbing facilities and incomplete kitchen facilities. Iowa ranks well in access to primary care physicians and dentists and has a relatively low uninsured rate.

Large suburban metro counties went from the lowest to the highest rate of premature death due to drug overdose within the past decade. The rate in Wayne County was 15 percent and the rate in Orleans County was 24 percent.

In exploring West Virginia's premature death trends from 1997 to 2014, the Foundation found seven counties (Berkeley, Gilmer, Jefferson, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan and Ohio) have seen improvements in premature death rates, while 21 have seen worsening rates and the rest saw no change.

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