Garland ranks 37 in number of healthy Arkansas counties | Health
County-by-county rankings show what influences health, longevity
The third annual County Health Rankings were released Tuesday. The Rankings are an annual check-up that measure how healthy people are and how long they live in more than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia.
Garland County came in ranked at number 37 of the 75 counties in Arkansas.
The Rankings, resulting from a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, include a snapshot of nearly all counties in each state with a new interactive map that makes it easier for people to compare their county to others. This year's Rankings also include several new measures, such as how many fast food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents.
Across the nation, some factors that influence health, such as smoking, availability of primary care physicians, and social support, show highs and lows across all regions. Meanwhile other factors reflect some distinct regional patterns, such as:
· Excessive drinking rates are highest in the northern states.
· Rates of teen births, sexually transmitted infections, and children in poverty are highest across the southern states.
· Unemployment rates are lowest in the northeastern, Midwest, and central plains states.
· Motor vehicle crash deaths are lowest in the northeastern and upper Midwest states.
Now in their third year, the Rankings are increasingly being used by communities to help them identify challenges and take action to improve residents' health. By showing counties in every state how they stack up on key factors that affect the health of their residents, the Rankings help community leaders see where they need to improve and work with others in their community to create opportunities to reach that goal.
To further illustrate the connection between social factors and health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation along with the Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Human Needs will unveil a new County Health Calculator. The Calculator is an interactive online app that shows people how much education and income influence rates of diabetes and spending on diabetes care county-by-county.
April 3 also marks the release of the call for applications for the Roadmaps to Health Prize that recognizes and honors the efforts and accomplishments of U.S. communities working to improve the health of their local area. Up to six Roadmaps to Health Prize winning communities will be honored in early 2013 and each will receive a no-strings-attached $25,000 cash prize.
For more information, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org <http://www.rwjf.org/>. Follow the County Health Rankings on Twitter <http://www.twitter.com/CHRankings> (@CHRankings) or Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/CountyHealthRankings/>, and join the conversation by using #healthrankings.