Sunday, March 20, 2016

County health rankings released

Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is nationwide county health rankings have been released, and Fayette County isn't the worst in Pennsylvania! The bad news is we're second to worst.

Rankings are chosen based on such factors as premature death, quality of life, obesity rates, preventable deaths, and more. Some notable things from this year's Fayette County data are that we're getting worse for premature deaths, adult obesity, physical inactivity, STIs, and uninsured, unemployed, and child-poverty rates. Remember, kids, eat healthy, take a walk every day, and practice safe sex--if you're a college student, condoms are often available for free at campus health centers.

Fortunately, though, it's all bad news--we have improved in some areas, including alcohol-impaired driving deaths, preventable hospital stays, diabetic monitoring, mammograms, air pollution, and the violent-crime rate. Keep up the good work, guys! Remember to take care of yourselves, don't drink and drive, preventative care is super important, and violence is pretty much never the answer.

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