Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Who has the healthiest county of them all?

That is preciously the question that the University of Wisconsin-Madison Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wanted to know about Wisconsin Counties. This study used factors like weight, smoking, unemployment, poverty, and other factors. The top ranked counties were Ozaukee, St. Croix, Washington, Waukesha, and Portage. They found that Calumet and Outagamie Counties are pretty darn healthy also, mostly due to their access to a smoke-free city and health care. Dane County ranked 10th healthiest in the state. This study confirmed the belief that wealthier urban or suburban counties are in better health while more rural, poorer counties are less healthy. For example Juneau County ranked the lowest in the state in health largely due to high rates of poverty, a rural setting, and other factors. 


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