How Healthy is Your County?
2012 County Health Rankings Highlight Healthiest and Least Healthy Counties in Every State
Released today at www.countyhealthrankings.org by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rankings assess the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states based on key factors that influence health, such as education rates, income levels, and access to healthy foods and medical care. This year’s Rankings include several new measures, such as how many fast-food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents. Graphs illustrating premature death trends over 10 years are new as well.
Also new this year, the County Health Roadmaps will help counties to mobilize and take action to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Finally, today marks the release of the call for applications for the Roadmaps to Health Prize that recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of communities in the U.S. working at the forefront of better health for all residents.
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