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New report breaks down health rankings county by county
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new report released today examines the health and well-being of people living in nearly every county in the United States.
The 2013 County Health Rankings were released Wednesday morning by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
It found rates of premature deaths are at the lowest level in 20 years.
Nevertheless, people in the unhealthiest counties are dying too early at more than twice the rates of those in the healthiest counties.
The Rankings data helps to lay the groundwork for health improvement efforts of governors, mayors, business leaders, and citizens across the country by studying 25 factors that influence health.
It looks at rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical inactivity, and percentages of children living in single parent households.
This year one West Michigan county is in the top 5, another is near the very bottom when it comes to health.
Ottawa County ranked second as the most healthy county in all of Michigan.
Allegan ranked in at #11.
Kalamazoo ended up in the middle of the list coming out 46th out of 82 counties.
While Calhoun County ranked 78th.
You can look at all the counties results by clicking here.