-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of premature death
in counties across the United States are the lowest in 20 years,
but people in the least healthy counties are more than twice as
likely to die early as those in the healthiest counties, according
to a new report.
In addition, childhood poverty rates in unhealthy counties are
twice as high as those in healthy counties, according to the 2013
County Health Rankingsreleased by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health
This is the fourth year of the rankings, which examine 25
factors that influence health, including rates of smoking, obesity
levels, teen birth rates, access to doctors and dentists, child
poverty, physical activity levels, high school graduation rates and
percentages of children living in single-parent homes.
The rankings also take into account how long people live and how
well they feel.
This year's rankings identified significant new national
The rankings "can be put to use right away by leaders in
government, business, health care and every citizen motivated to
work together to create a culture of health in their community,"
Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, said in a County Health Rankings news release.
"The rankings are driving innovation, unleashing creativity and
inspiring big changes to improve health in communities large and
small throughout the country."
Dr. Patrick Remington, professor and associate dean at the
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said
no single sector alone can tackle the health challenges in any
"Collaboration is critical," he said in the news release. "The rankings are sparking action all over the country as people from all sectors join forces to create new possibilities in health -- county by county."
Here's where you can find the
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.
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