County ranked state's 5th healthiest

County ranked state's 5th healthiest

County ranked state's 5th healthiest

While Escambia did not perform well on the annual ranking (its health outcomes ranking also slipped a notch to 33 out of 67 counties), its neighbor Santa Rosa did significantly better - scoring a seven on health outcomes, and a 12 on health factors.

Oakland County enters the top 10 for the first time since the rankings began in 2003. 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.

Curry, a fitness advocate, is co-chairing with physician Sunil Joshi "Mission One Million: The 904 in Motion", a campaign by the Duval County Medical Society to encourage Jacksonville residents to shed one million pounds over the next several years.

The number of uninsured residents in Sonoma County dropped to 13 percent in 2014, according to this year's report.

In the U.P., the best ranking for Healthy Outcomes was Houghton County at #12 while Ontonagon County came in at #77. Drug overdose was found to be the driving factor behind increasing deaths in the 25-44 age group. The 19 percent of Allen's adults reporting binge or heavy drinking is higher than the 17 percent statewide.

"We have programs to improve the quality of life, but it's a complicated challenge", she said.

The rankings aren't a surprise to county health departments, which collect some of the data that's used.

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The report showed, nationwide, premature death rates were on the rise, owing to an increase in deaths among those ages 15-44.

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Health factors represent what influences the health of a county.

Carver County was deemed the healthiest county in Minnesota, while Mahnomen had the poorest health.

The RWJF site posts the data that goes into the rankings, and it's helpfully gathered up in one spreadsheet if you'd like to look through it. Accidental drug overdoses are increasing at a much more significant rate than other causes of premature death, the authors said. The assessment identified issues with substance abuse and addiction, tobacco use, nutrition, mental health support and primary care as key health issues for Ross County, with high lung cancer rates held up as a critical concern.

Its premature death rate has similarly improved, but the city has also seen an increase in sexually transmitted infections.

Dr. Karen Milman, Sonoma County's health officer, said the county continues to move in the "right direction" in terms of promoting healthy behaviors and physical environment such as air pollution and water quality. 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. The rate in Wayne County was 15 percent and the rate in Orleans County was 24 percent. The state's lowest rate of 3,100 is in Houston County in the far southeastern corner.

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