Marion County health rankings low

Dutchess, Ulster among healthy places to live

The county ranked 32nd in outcomes - which measures length and quality of life - according to the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Initiative.

The survey says 18 percent of people report they are in poor or fair health.

The stark difference between Georgia's top and bottom counties can be seen in Forsyth County's low rate of premature deaths, and having just 12 percent uninsured and 7 percent of children living in poverty. Premature deaths and drug overdoses were highest among whites and Native Americans.

Researchers found that among those aged 25 to 44, not only were drug overdose deaths up in 2015, but premature deaths as well. There has also been a significant shift in the suburbs, where the premature death rates have increased 5.4 percent in the past decade. Twenty-one percent of Douglas County residents reported "severe housing problems", well above the statewide figure of 14 percent.

This years report included a new measure on “disconnected youth, ” or young people age 16-24 who are not in school or working.

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"We are celebrating the improvements that have been made in the county, but also want to draw attention to our decline in the health factor ranking which moved from 6 to 15", he said.

However, Sedgwick County lags behind others when it comes to physical environment and social and economic factors.

Curry, a fitness advocate, is co-chairing with physician Sunil Joshi "Mission One Million: The 904 in Motion", a campaign by the Duval County Medical Society to encourage Jacksonville residents to shed one million pounds over the next several years.

Adult smoking is at 21 percent; Missouri overall is 22 percent.

Education is one of the categories in this ranking.

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Sandra Averhart reports on county health rankings.

►Sexually transmitted infections. The county's rate of 552.3 per 100,000 is higher than the state rate and higher than the best counties in the nation.

"These results show the value of the great work that Loudoun residents, businesses, health care providers and government partners have done to focus on the increasing and changing needs of the county's rapidly growing and diversifying communities", Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend said in a prepared statement.

Under the umbrella of the Partnership for a Healthy Community, it's a long-term collaborative effort to improve the overall health of residents in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. That part of the study takes into account figures involving unemployment, children in poverty, children in single-parent households, income inequality, social associations, violent crime, injury deaths, high school graduation rates and percentages of people with some college education.

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