New county to county report on America's health - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/10

New county to county report on America's health

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Is it easy to find a doctor in your county?  Do your neighbors drink, smoke or eat more than people in the next county over? What about pollution, heart disease and cancer?  Wednesday, researchers published what's believed to be the first county-by-county report on America's health.  It comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and it includes the more than 3,000 counties in this country.  So why would that be important?

"People can get engaged, right now, right away, in making their communities healthier," said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The foundation discovered that it's not enough to look at health state by state because sometimes the healthiest places are right next door to the unhealthiest. Overall, the report found cities and suburbs tend to be healthier than rural areas because central areas like Lubbock, have more health care. Scientists hope the information will spur action in rural counties. To get a picture of health in your county, Click Here.

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