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A new annual report says Hamilton County leads when it comes to good health in Indiana, and Boone County ranks second.
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report is releasing its third annual County Health Rankings. It ranks the overall health of all 92 Indiana counties as well as every county across the U.S.
This year‘s report includes several new features like how many fast-food restaurants are in a county and it also measures the levels of physical activity among residents. The report also explores health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, physical environment and things like death rates before the age of 75 and people who report being in fair or poor health.
Factors also include smoking rates, access to care and healthy foods, unemployment, adult obesity and teen birth rates.
Dr. Kristin Adams is Director of the Office of Public Health Performance Management says the report stresses that environment plays a key role in health and provides clues into improving the overall health of states and the nation.
“We really say that it‘s not just the doctor‘s office or the health department where our health is tied to,” she says. “It‘s really about how our economic status and social status can really play into that.”
Click the image above to explore the different counties’ ranking.