Editorial: Health report offers topics for discussion

Jackson County received its yearly health report card this spring, and we do, well, not so great. Overall, we’ve improved, but that’s not good enough, and there are areas where we need to make more strides to promote a better, healthier community.

The county was ranked the 60th-healthiest among the Hoosier state’s 92 counties in 2013, according to an annual report compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. That’s 14 spots better from where the county ranked in 2009 — 74th.

Jackson County residents did make gains to become healthier by slightly reducing some health risks, such as smoking and physical inactivity. The percentage of area residents smoking, for instance, dropped from 27 percent in 2009 to 23 percent in 2013.

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