We're a healthy corner of Minnesota

We're a healthy corner of Minnesota

Florida's healthiest top five counties are: St. John's, Collier, Sarasota, Seminole and Martin.

The latest Connecticut County Health rankings were released Wednesday, and the result show the vast differences between each county across the state.

Wyoming County has an adult obesity rate of 39 percent, and an adult smoking rate of 25 percent.

Rates of youth disconnection are higher in rural counties (21.6 percent), particularly those in the south and west, than in urban ones (13.7 percent), the report found.

The next best county for overall health was Carteret (23rd) followed by Onslow (26th) and Craven (35th). The report said that the drug overdose epic is the leading cause of death among those ages 24-44, and "is a clear driver of this trend".

The report said 8 percent of the county's population remains uninsured, slightly lower than the state average of 9 percent.

These young people are a "largely invisible" population that represent an 'untapped social and economic opportunity, ' Marjory Givens, an associate scientist with RWJF's county health program, told USA Today.

• The health factor rankings are an estimate of the future health of counties as compared to other counties within a state.

"The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health", said Kate Konkle, Action Center Team director at the University of Wisconsin, in an email.

"A dramatic leap from 33rd to 15th in such a short period of time has only been possible because of extraordinary communitywide efforts and an overarching commitment to public health that permeates nearly every decision we make", he said in a prepared statement.

La Crosse emerged as the highest-ranking Wisconsin county in the Coulee Region, while Houston County is the highest-finishing in Minnesota, ranked at sixth out of 87 counties in the Gopher State, a dip from fifth a year ago. The study measured 241 counties for the 2016 rankings, and 243 for 2017.

The poorer rankings for Erie and Niagara counties were driven largely by lower results for premature deaths and such social and economic factors as children living in poverty, violent crime, injury deaths and children living in single households.

"What they were trying to do and did do was build out there coalition to be stronger, to have more partners from different sectors and to prioritize where they were going to focus as a community", said O'Neill, who wrapped up her coaching with an on-site meeting.

Unemployment, also based on 2014 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed the county's unemployment rate dropping to 4.5 percent, from 5.6 percent the previous year.

Daily sports headlines from across Gwinnett County, including high school, professional and college news.

Pottawattamie county is ranked so lowly in part because of the number of premature deaths they have every year.

For example, the teen birth rate, defined as the number of births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19, dropped from 29 to 27.


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