Friday, August 26, 2011
How Healthy is Your County?
There's a lot you can do to take of yourself - eat right, exercise regularly, stick to your prescribed medication regimen. But where you live has a big impact on your health, too. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, knows this fact well. That's why they've collaborated on a project called County Health Rankings, which crunches a wide variety of statistics about health behavior, education, jobs, health-care quality, and the environment in every county in the U.S. to come up with a report for each state. It's only when community leaders can see what's going well where they live - and what isn't - that they can begin to improve the health of their citizens, says the Foundation.
Click on your state on this map, then choose your county, to find out how you're community is doing and how it compares to the rest of the country. You can also see how other communities are tackling their challenges to improve the health of their citizens.