How healthy is your county?

"We are constantly working to improve our number, but more importantly we are seeking ways to improve the quality of life at a local level", he said.

The rankings identified Johnson County as the state's healthiest county and Wyandotte County, just to Johnson County's north, as the state's least healthiest.

But the latest rankings suggest the counties might be starting to diverge on one important factor: how likely their residents are to die prematurely. It can be found at

How long and how well people live are consequences of many health factors, which include behavioral indicators such as exercise habits, smoking, obesity, and alcohol consumption rates; and socioeconomic indicators such as violent crime, unemployment, child poverty, and teen birth rates, as well as the ratio of residents to physicians. The health-factors ranking looks at environmental and economic factors, in addition to a population's health behaviors.

The solution is in an integrated health infrastructure that treats the entire person rather that "an organ system here and an organ system there", she said.

They found that in 2015, 1.2 million people in the US died prematurely or before the age of 75 from causes considered preventable.

The annual report ranks counties across the country.

Middle-income Delaware County places slightly better than middle for Pennsylvania. Premature deaths connected to drug overdoses were highest among whites and Native Americans in 2015 in the U.S.

In Fayette and Raleigh counties, 36 percent of adults are obese.

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Black Hawk County's youth disconnectedness rate is 7 percent, compared with 9 percent statewide.

Monroe County Health Department Administrator John Wagner could not immediately be reached for comment. In Boone County, malignant neoplasms is the leading cause of premature death with about 86 percent; suicide is the lowest with 14 percent. For 2017, it is 10th on health outcomes and ninth on health factors.

Drug deaths are also accelerating among 15- to 24 year-olds, but almost three times as many people in this age group die by homicide, suicide or in motor vehicle crashes.

According to the 2017 rankings, the five healthiest counties in Georgia, starting with most healthy, are Forsyth, Oconee, Fayette, Gwinnett and Cherokee counties.

Annie Short, chairman of Healthiest Manitowoc County, said HMC has identified increased premature deaths as a health concern for the Manitowoc area.

KINGSTON, N.Y. Ulster County is continuing its upward climb as one of the healthiest counties in the state, while Dutchess County is headed in the opposite direction, according to rankings newly released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

About 4.9 million young people in the US - one out of eight - fall into this category.

High school education was at 71 percent in Bibb County, followed by Jones, 78 percent; Peach, 83 percent; Houston, 85 percent; and Monroe at 88 percent.

It's "easier to prevent" young people from becoming disconnected than to "try to reengage young people who have dropped out of school or gone without work for some time", Givens said. But Florida roadmaps researcher Ericka Burroughs-Girardi cautions against a year-over-year direct comparison because rankings can change, even if residents' health doesn't.

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