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Premature death rate surges in suburban areas due to drug overdoses

Premature death rate surges in suburban areas due to drug overdoses

The state's lowest rate of 3,100 is in Houston County in the far southeastern corner.

In McDowell County, 43 percent of youth are "disconnected". "We simply have to do better than this to remain a bright, productive community in which young people will want to live and thrive". "We are looking to do a lot more with walking fitness, accessibility and community gardens". Lee said the coach meets via virtual conference with members of the coalition's executive board for 90 minutes once a month.

"Well this is a sad day indeed", Dr. Deborah McMahan, the county health commissioner, said in an email response.

Opioid-related deaths jumped from 0 in the county in 2010 to 13 in 2011 and have stayed in the teens since then, Westbrook said. It is 23rd in clinical care, 18th in physical environment and 30th in social and economic factors. Berkshire County was 12th, Franklin County was 10th, and Hampshire County was 5th.

The five counties in poorest health, starting with the least healthy, are Bronx, Sullivan, Cattaraugus, Hamilton and Niagara.

The rankings are meant to show where a community can make improvements or build on strengths. That's a bit worse than last year's ranking of 55.

Curry, a fitness advocate, is co-chairing with physician Sunil Joshi "Mission One Million: The 904 in Motion", a campaign by the Duval County Medical Society to encourage Jacksonville residents to shed one million pounds over the next several years.

"What I would keep an eye on is income inequality, because that can create an unhealthy situation", Pezzino said.

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"It's just another thing for us to brag about". Such data helps to direct our focus in the community health improvement planning process.

The 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation county health rankings added a new measure called disconnected youth, which looks at how many people age 16 to 24 are not in school or working. Premature deaths and drug overdoses were highest among whites and Native Americans. But numerous metrics within that category - including the 17 percent of residents who reported their health as "fair" or "poor" - were relatively stable, suggesting that Guilford County's lower ranking has more to do with improvements in other counties than health deteriorating here.

Eight-five percent of the increase in people who died prematurely in 2015 were 15 to 44 years old.

“These results reflect the hard work and commitment of the Oakland County Health Divisions numerous community collaborative efforts, work of our partners, and our dedication to improve the overall health and quality of life for residents, ” said Kathy Forzley, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division.

Physical inactivity in Boone County has declined, meaning more people are becoming more active. She said she's concerned because the county saw an increase of 50 cases of the STD Chlamydia in 2016 compared with 2015.

The rankings recognized diabetes monitoring in the county as an area of strength.

Saratoga County is the "healthiest" county in the New York State, according to rankings out this week from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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