COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A new study ranks Columbus County as the unhealthiest county in North Carolina...again.
The University of Wisconsin released the rankings, which shows 29% of people in the county are living in poor or fair health, compared to 18% statewide.
The report shows both the adult obesity rate and physical inactivity are higher than the state average. well
While Bladen County also falls in the bottom 100, they improved their ranking from #98 in 2013 to #91 in 2014.
Wake County was ranked the healthiest county in the state, and New Hanover County was ranked 10th. Pender County fell five spots from last year to #25 and Brunswick improved to #34.
According to a press release, the counties are ranked according to factors ranging from individual behavior to quality of health care, to education and jobs, to access to healthy food, and to quality of the air.
The study looks at many health factors including adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, and teenage pregnancy. It also looks at things like high school graduation rates, the number of children in poverty, and access to healthy foods.
The online report, (http://bit.ly/1p7symO) , includes a snapshot of each county in North Carolina with a color coded map comparing each county's overall health ranking.
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