St. Johns County is the healthiest county in Florida for the eighth straight yr, in line with an annual research that ranks all 67 of the state’s counties.
Duval County comes in at forty fourth healthiest, down two slots from the earlier yr. Clay was sixteenth, Nassau 36th, and Baker was 50th.
Putnam County ranked 66th, forward of only Union County, the state’s smallest, which is situated slightly below Baker County. Neighboring Bradford County, where Starke is the county seat, was simply slightly forward, at 64.
The research was carried out by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and exhibits, in response to the report, that “the place you live influences how properly and the way lengthy you reside.” All 50 states are a part of the report.
Quite a lot of elements contribute to the scores, including the supply of healthy food, entry to docs, rates of smoking, weight problems and teen births. Researchers additionally checked out how lengthy individuals reside, how wholesome they say they feel and the share of low delivery-weight newborns.
Throughout the nation, not everybody has access to current health enhancements, the research reported: “There are fewer alternatives and assets for higher health amongst teams which were traditionally marginalized, including individuals of shade, individuals dwelling in poverty, individuals with bodily or psychological disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and ladies.”
Nationally, longevity and well being outcomes are worse for blacks and Native People. Even within the wealthiest counties within the U.S., premature demise rates for these groups are about 1.4 occasions larger than for whites.
Researchers found that poverty plays a large position in how wholesome someone is. St. Johns, for instance, is the state’s sixth-wealthiest county, while Union ranks final in revenue and in well being.
This yr’s research emphasized the link between reasonably priced housing and health, saying that those that spend a much bigger proportion of their revenue on housing are pressured to spend less on well being — while additionally dealing with stress, overcrowded or unsafe housing, unplanned moves and even homelessness.
The rankings can be found at countyhealthrankings.org.
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