OC 51st in state in health rankings

OC 51st in state in health rankings

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:01 pm

Williamson County continues to have the healthiest residents in Tennessee and Benton County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Obion County ranks 51 out of the 95 counties.
According to the rankings, residents of Benton County are more than three times more likely to die a premature death than those in Williamson County. The rate of premature death in Benton County is more than three times that in Williamson. The rate of sexually transmitted infection in Benton County is nearly three times that in Williamson and Benton has more than four times the teen birth rate. And 29 percent of children in Benton live in poverty, compared to 6 percent in Williamson.
According to this year’s rankings, the 10 healthiest counties in Tennessee, starting with most healthy, are Williamson, Sumner, Rutherford, Moore, Blount,  Putnam, Knox, Robertson, Wilson and Montgomery. The 10 counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Benton, Grundy, Fentress, Campbell, Lewis, Hardeman, Carroll, Cocke, Rhea and Decatur. The healthiest of Tennessee’s 95 counties are clustered in the north of the state, near Nashville; the least healthy counties are primarily in the west and northeast portions of Tennessee.
In Obion County:
• The rate of premature death is more than double that of Williamson County.
• 21 percent of the population is in poor or fair health, compared to 10 percent in the nation, 19 percent in the state and 7 percent in Williamson County.
• the low birthweight is 9.7 percent, compared to 6.8 percent in Williamson County, 9.4 percent in the state and 6 percent in the nation.
When considering health behaviors, in Obion County:
• 29 percent of adults smoke, compared to 15 percent in Williamson County, 24 percent in the state and 15 percent in the nation.
• 32 percent of adults are obese, compared to 27 percent in Williamson County, 31 percent in the state and 25 percent in the nation.
• 9 percent of the population drinks to excess, compared to 13 percent in Williamson County, 9 percent in the state and 8 percent in the nation.
• The rate of sexually transmitted infection is 328 (per 100,000 population), compared to 108 in Williamson County, 455 in Tennessee and 83 in the nation.
• The teen birth rate is 64 (per 1,000 female population ages 15-19), compared to 14 in Williamson County, 55 in Tennessee and 22 in the nation.
Twenty-three percent of Obion County’s children live in poverty, compared to 6 percent in Williamson County, 22 percent in the state and 11 percent in the nation. In Obion County, 32 percent of the households are single-parent, compared to 15 percent in Williamson County, 34 percent in Tennessee and 20 percent in the nation.
This is the second year of the County Health Rankings, the most comprehensive report of its kind to rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states by using a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. Rankings helps everyone see how where people live, learn, work and play influence how healthy they are and how long they live.
“Rankings helps counties see what is affecting the health of their residents so they can see where they are doing well, where they need to improve and what steps they need to take as a community to remove barriers to good health,” says Patrick Remington, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for Public Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org, includes a snapshot of each county in Tennessee with a color-coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking. Researchers used five measures to assess the level of overall health or “health outcomes” for Tennessee by county: the rate of people dying before age 75, the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health, the number of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health and the rate of low-birthweight infants.
Rankings also looks at factors that affect people’s health within four categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. Among the many health factors they looked at: rates of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking among adults and teenage births; the number of uninsured adults, availability of primary care providers, and preventable hospital stays; rates of high school graduation, adults who have attended college and children in poverty; and community safety; access to healthy foods and air pollution levels.
“The County Health Rankings help everyone see that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office and where we live matters to our health,” says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The good news is that there are things counties can do right away to help their residents lead healthier lives. We hope this second annual release of County Health Rankings data will spur all sectors — government, business, community and faith-based groups, education and public health — to work together to find solutions and take action and implement programs and policy changes to improve health.”
To help counties translate Rankings into action, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey today said the foundation was launching a new program to help communities improve the health of their residents. Under this new program — part of an initiative called Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health — RWJF will provide grants to up to 14 communities around the country to strengthen broad-based community efforts to improve health.
For more information, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.
Published in The Messenger 3.30.11Williamson County continues to have the healthiest residents in Tennessee and Benton County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Obion County ranks 51 out of the 95 counties.
According to the rankings, residents of Benton County are more than three times more likely to die a premature death than those in Williamson County. The rate of premature death in Benton County is more than three times that in Williamson. The rate of sexually transmitted infection in Benton County is nearly three times that in Williamson and Benton has more than four times the teen birth rate. And 29 percent of children in Benton live in poverty, compared to 6 percent in Williamson.
According to this year’s rankings, the 10 healthiest counties in Tennessee, starting with most healthy, are Williamson, Sumner, Rutherford, Moore, Blount,  Putnam, Knox, Robertson, Wilson and Montgomery. The 10 counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Benton, Grundy, Fentress, Campbell, Lewis, Hardeman, Carroll, Cocke, Rhea and Decatur. The healthiest of Tennessee’s 95 counties are clustered in the north of the state, near Nashville; the least healthy counties are primarily in the west and northeast portions of Tennessee.
In Obion County:
• The rate of premature death is more than double that of Williamson County.
• 21 percent of the population is in poor or fair health, compared to 10 percent in the nation, 19 percent in the state and 7 percent in Williamson County.
• the low birthweight is 9.7 percent, compared to 6.8 percent in Williamson County, 9.4 percent in the state and 6 percent in the nation.
When considering health behaviors, in Obion County:
• 29 percent of adults smoke, compared to 15 percent in Williamson County, 24 percent in the state and 15 percent in the nation.
• 32 percent of adults are obese, compared to 27 percent in Williamson County, 31 percent in the state and 25 percent in the nation.
• 9 percent of the population drinks to excess, compared to 13 percent in Williamson County, 9 percent in the state and 8 percent in the nation.
• The rate of sexually transmitted infection is 328 (per 100,000 population), compared to 108 in Williamson County, 455 in Tennessee and 83 in the nation.
• The teen birth rate is 64 (per 1,000 female population ages 15-19), compared to 14 in Williamson County, 55 in Tennessee and 22 in the nation.
Twenty-three percent of Obion County’s children live in poverty, compared to 6 percent in Williamson County, 22 percent in the state and 11 percent in the nation. In Obion County, 32 percent of the households are single-parent, compared to 15 percent in Williamson County, 34 percent in Tennessee and 20 percent in the nation.
This is the second year of the County Health Rankings, the most comprehensive report of its kind to rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states by using a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. Rankings helps everyone see how where people live, learn, work and play influence how healthy they are and how long they live.
“Rankings helps counties see what is affecting the health of their residents so they can see where they are doing well, where they need to improve and what steps they need to take as a community to remove barriers to good health,” says Patrick Remington, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for Public Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org, includes a snapshot of each county in Tennessee with a color-coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking. Researchers used five measures to assess the level of overall health or “health outcomes” for Tennessee by county: the rate of people dying before age 75, the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health, the number of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health and the rate of low-birthweight infants.
Rankings also looks at factors that affect people’s health within four categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. Among the many health factors they looked at: rates of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking among adults and teenage births; the number of uninsured adults, availability of primary care providers, and preventable hospital stays; rates of high school graduation, adults who have attended college and children in poverty; and community safety; access to healthy foods and air pollution levels.
“The County Health Rankings help everyone see that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office and where we live matters to our health,” says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The good news is that there are things counties can do right away to help their residents lead healthier lives. We hope this second annual release of County Health Rankings data will spur all sectors — government, business, community and faith-based groups, education and public health — to work together to find solutions and take action and implement programs and policy changes to improve health.”
To help counties translate Rankings into action, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey today said the foundation was launching a new program to help communities improve the health of their residents. Under this new program — part of an initiative called Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health — RWJF will provide grants to up to 14 communities around the country to strengthen broad-based community efforts to improve health.
For more information, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.
Published in The Messenger 3.30.11

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