Takes 2nd in state health rankings

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It shows the healthiest 10 counties in MI are Ottawa followed by Clinton, Livingston, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Emmet, Midland, Washtenaw, Barry, and Oakland.

Southeast Minnesota again posted exemplary marks in the county health rankings, which are published annually by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Examples of community success stories, as well as additional data, are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org/. The local level data makes it clear that good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care including housing, education, jobs and access to healthy foods.

The ranking is a slight improvement over a year ago, when Sonoma County ranked No. 6.

Bibb County ranked 142 out of all 159 counties in Georgia for health outcomes, while Houston County ranked 27; Jones County, 28; Monroe County, 51 and Peach County, 101, according to the rankings.

Bennett said the new figures can help communities address risk factors for health.

About 38 percent of children in Madison County live in single-parent households, which are taken into account with the ranking. Neighboring Union County also ranked high, finishing fourth in the rankings.

Nassau County is number 18, Alachua came in at 26, Baker at 39.

A focus of the 2017 report is an 85 percent nationwide spike in premature deaths attributed to drug overdoses, the highest rates of which are found in suburbs.

Adult smoking is 22 percent, the same as the OH percentage. The adult smoking rate is 29 percent while adult obesity is at 42 percent.

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Adult obesity was 31 percent in Bibb and Houston and 34 percent in Jones and Peach counties.

Rates of youth disconnection are higher in rural counties (21.6 percent), particularly those in the South and West, than in urban ones (13.7 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.

The study, conducted for the past eight years, is created to bring attention to various factors used to assess a community's overall health.

But the county saw its figures regarding "air pollution-particulate matter" rise this year to 9.6 percent from 8.4 percent last year, while the percentage of residents making long commutes while driving alone rose to 12 percent from 11 percent.

Health outcomes include five measures that describe how healthy residents of the county are and includes quality of life and length of life.

The list is based on overall rankings in health outcomes, which are based on how long people live and how healthy people feel, and overall rankings in health factors, which are based on four types of measures: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environmental factors.

About 4.9 million young people in the USA - one out of eight - fall into this category.

"T$3 hese are communities that have experienced disinvestment, and high rates of unemployment and poverty, and these are issues that shape your health and well-being".

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