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30 March 2017, 01:37 | Elizabeth Houston

Disparities persist in health of Marylanders, ranking says

Report: Guilford County 29th healthiest in state

" is a nationally recognized organization, and these numbers are extremely helpful for county-wide initiatives like Healthy Harrison", Nardelli said.

Baltimore is the least healthy jurisdiction in Maryland followed by several Eastern Shore counties, according to an annual ranking that has changed little over the past several years despite improvements in some of the city's worst statistics.

The report released Wednesday shows Black Hawk County ranking 85th of Iowa's 99 counties in health outcomes.

Hamilton County remains in the No. 1 spot. This includes the percentage of obese adults (24 percent, compared to 31 percent statewide) and smokers (15 percent, compared to 18 percent statewide) as well as the 91 percent of Douglas County residents (compared to 76 percent statewide) who have access to exercise opportunities.

Raleigh, Nicholas, Monroe, Mingo, Mercer, Greenbrier and Fayette counties were also among the counties with worsening rates.

The study found 50 percent of drivers travel alone on long commutes, up from the national and state averages of 15 percent and 39 percent.

"It really helps us establish our goals and keeps us more focused", Lee said of the health coach.

Similarly, Douglas County saw a slight decrease in premature deaths.

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Premature deaths of people under age 75 are increasing at a dramatic rate across the US, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Allen County continued its downward slide in this year's Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings released today. It measures not only health outcomes, which represents a community's general state of health, but also health factors, or what influences an area's health. Communities can improve their residents' health by reducing poverty and improving high school graduation rates, but it takes a long-term commitment and many partners, he said.

In Nebraska, Cedar county is ranked as the healthiest.

Union County, with a premature death rate of 16,600, a number that measures the years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population, ranked as the unhealthiest county in Florida. Health factors relate to health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment values.

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.

Between 2000 and 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses, and the majority (55 percent) occurred from 2009 to 2015. "Unhealthy diets contribute to higher rates of cardiovascular disease and obesity and many diseases disproportionately strike people of lower social economic status". There has also been a significant shift in the suburbs, where the premature death rates have increased 5.4 percent in the past decade.

The counties in the poorest health, starting with the least healthy, are Labette, Wyandotte, Republic, Osborne and Wilson.

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