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Calumet, Outagamie Counties among Healthiest in Wisconsin

1379973_626121474119423_1701544125_nCalumet, Outagamie Counties among healthiest

By Jen Zettel

Post-Crescent Media

fof annual meeting trestle trail bikers.gateway2MADISON — Calumet and Outagamie counties are among the healthiest in the state, according to rankings released Wednesday by the University ofWisconsin Population Health Institute.

The study looked at health outcomes, which signify how healthy a county is, and health factors, which represent what influences health in the county, according to the report summary.

Calumet County ranked sixth in health outcomes, while Outagamie and Winnebago counties came in at 21 and 39, respectively. Health outcomerankings were determined by length and quality of life of county residents.

When researchers analyzed health factors, Calumet County came in sixth, with Outagamie andWinnebago counties at 9 and 17, respectively.

Tobacco use, diet, exercise, alcohol use, access to care, education, employment, income and water quality were among the components used to determine health factor rankings, the report said.

Despite Outagamie County’s high-ranking, Appleton health officer Kurt Eggebrecht said in a statement his office is working with officials in Calumet and Winnebago counties to raise awarenessabout maintaining a healthy weight.

“Although our community is ranked high again this year, we continue to work to improve the health and quality of life for all,” Eggebrecht said.“Poor health is bad for people and for business. The tri-county region … has placed a renewed focus on efforts that achieve and maintain a healthy weight at every age.”

Family hiking in woodsThe weight of people living in the Fox Valley is influenced by the strengths of the community, including businesses, schools, healthcare, restaurants, nonprofit organizations and more to create an environment where healthy choices are easy to make, Eggebrecht said.

Nationally, this year’s rankings show that people who live in the least healthy counties are twice as likely to have shorter lives as people who live in the healthiest counties, the report said.

— Jen Zettel: 920-729-6622, ext. 33, or jzettel@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @jenzettel

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