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New report gives snapshot of health in each county


WASHINGTON (AP)-- A new report suggests that where you live plays a role in how healthy, or unhealthy you are.


The report, written by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ranks each of the nation's more than 3,000 counties. It takes a look at the factors that play a role in one's general health and premature death, such as smoking, obesity, binge drinking, unemployment, child poverty and air pollution.

The study illuminates a well-known trend: The least healthy counties tend to be poor and rural, and the healthiest ones tend to be urban or suburban and upper-income.

Dr. Patrick Remington of the University of Wisconsin says the report doesn't compare states, but counties within a state.

For example, Menominee County, Wisconsin, is ranked last in the state, with 15 percent of its residents in poor or fair health and a high rate of premature death. Remington says the county is an Indian reservation that has no grocery store, but fast-food restaurants.

Remington says, "Without a grocery store, it's hard to make a healthy choice about what you're going to eat for lunch or dinner."

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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