County Health Rankings in Alabama

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Could the county in which you live be a major factor in your health? A new study that ranked vital health factors within counties throughout the nation says yes. The study, conducted by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The University of Wisconsin measured 29 factors including obesity, smoking, access to healthy foods, and the quality of air and water and compared them county to county. According to data in the study, the rankings for both Calhoun County and Etowah County were unimpressive. The study showed that Calhoun County ranks 40th out of 67 counties for current health and 29th out of all Alabama Counties for how healthy a county will be in the future. Etowah County didn’t fair much better either. It ranked 43rd out of the 67 Alabama Counties for its current health and 28th out of all counties for its health future.

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