Hamilton Co. First, Scott Co. Last in County Health Rankings

The report from the University of Wisconsin took smoking and obesity rates, among other health indicators into consideration.

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The University of Wisconsin ranked every county in the U.S. based on its health behavior.

According to a recently released County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Report, Hamilton County is the healthiest county in Indiana, while Scott County is the least healthy in the state.

The report, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, applied data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to 34 factors that influence health.

Those factors include smoking rates, obesity rates,  high school graduation, college education and access to exercise opportunities, among others.

“The rankings can serve as a call to action, that motivate leaders and community members to work together to start to create this culture of health in our communities, to make changes in our communities,” says Karen Odegaard, Associate Researcher with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Odegaard notes that while Scott County’s ranking may appear to be a negative, the community is on the right track to improving their health outcomes by creating the Scott County Partnership, a nonprofit group that aims to address community problems.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

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