Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Study ranks Boone County in top 10 healthiest counties in Missouri

Study ranks Boone County in top 10 healthiest counties in Missouri

Ozaukee County ranks healthiest in Wisconsin and Menominee County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released March 14 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).

The rankings for almost every county in the United States are based on health outcomes, as measured by how long people live and how they subjectively feel.

The health of Maine's counties are ranked in a new national report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Benton County dropped two spots to 58th from 56 a year ago.

David Plyler, the chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, said the county could remain at its current ranking in the short term because "instant success is not always prevalent".

Eight out of nine counties in Southwest Virginia along with the city of Bristol placed near the bottom in health outcomes and health factors, according to the report. Racine was No. 61 and 62 for health outcomes and factors, respectively, while Kenosha came in at No. 59 and 66.

As easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live.

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"We are actually communicating with each other, and we meet on a quarterly basis", she said.

Jones said while the ranking doesn't sound good, things are actually improving in the county.

In the summary of findings, the report pointed out the lack of social and economic opportunities for some places and people limits their ability to be healthy.

A big Metro Health goal is to show the connection between crime and health. "You know, we certainly recognize that there are a lot of factors that weigh in on the health of the population", said Geisinger Physician Richard Martin. "By focusing on the unique needs of our area, we are starting to see meaningful change".

In Ottawa County, the rate of obesity is at 29 percent, excessive drinking at 21 percent and 67 percent of women are getting their yearly mammograms. She said the Department is working with the Healthier Muskingum County Network to find ways to continue improving better health.

Dan Margolies is a senior reporter and editor for KCUR.

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