At issue: Jackson County’s health


Lin Montgomery

Recently, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the County Health Rankings report for every county in the United States.

The timing of the release, in conjunction with National Public Health Awareness Week, April 2-8, was fortuitous because it provided information and perhaps some motivation for residents in Jackson County to review their behavior and environment to see what they can do to become healthier themselves and to make Jackson County healthier too.

The rankings are an annual checkup that highlights the healthiest and least healthy counties in every state, as well as those factors that influence health, outside of the doctor’s office. The rankings highlight the importance of critical factors such as education rates, income levels and access to healthy foods, as well as access to medical care and its influence over how long and how well people live. This is the third year for this report.

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