The healthiest counties list releasedFebruary 18th, 2010 - 1:51 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Washington DC, Feb 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A study has released the list of the healthiest counties. The University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation jointly undertook this study. This study attempts to rank all of the nation’s 3,000 counties according to the health index.
Delaware County, north of Columbus, tops the list as Ohio’s healthiest county, and it is followed by Geauga County in northeast Ohio. Woods is at number 9, whereas Lucas County is at number 71. The Southern Ohio’s Lawrence and Scioto counties are trailing at the bottom.
The report prepared the list after studying various health factors such as smoking, obesity, binge drinking, unemployment, and child poverty and air pollution. This study underlines the very well known trend, that “The least healthy counties tend to be poor and rural, and the healthiest ones tend to be urban or suburban and upper-income.”
“This just paints a picture of areas for improvement. Without a grocery store, it’s hard to make a healthy choice about what you’re going to eat for lunch or dinner,” said Dr. Patrick Remington of the University of Wisconsin, which was instrumental in starting the ranking of its state’s counties in 2003. He also co-authored the new 50-state report with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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