Thursday , 24 August 2017

Study Ranks Collin County as One of the Healthiest in Texas

Study Ranks Collin County as One of the Healthiest in Texas

Study Ranks Collin County as One of the Healthiest in Texas

By Sarah Blaskovich of PegasusNews.com, a TownSquareBuzz content sharing partner.

A study of every U.S. county in the country weighs the healthfulness of Americans based on factors like jobs, level of education, clinical care, and more. Put out by the appropriately-named County Health Rankings group, the report shows the unhealthy and healthy counties side by side, allowing us to locate the areas of the Lone Star state that are in tip-top shape.

The study is put out by the The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

You could peruse the state maps for hours; the research is extensive and the information deep. To make it a little more accessible to our Dallas-Fort Worth readers, we focused on the four counties in North Texas: Dallas County, Tarrant County, Denton County, and Collin County. If you reside in Collin County, you’re about to be even prouder of your suburban roots.

Collin County was ranked No. 1 in health factors in the state – which includes the sub-categories of health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

It was only in the study of physical environment, specifically, that Collin County jumped way down the list – to No. 209 in the state. The researchers give high marks for physical environment if a county has good air quality, water quality, access to healthy foods, and access to recreational facilities. Collin was knocked for having lower access to healthy foods (76% versus the national benchmark of 92%) and lower access to rec facilities (9 versus the national benchmark of 17). Still, Collin County fared better in this section than most Texas counties did.

In terms of health outcomes, which measure mortality and morbidity, Collin was No. 2 in the state. It measures mortality – which is how long people live – and morbidity – which is how good people feel while they’re living.

Bottom line: If you’re worried about your health, get yourself to Collin County.

Read more on surrounding counties.

TIME Magazine sums up the nationwide results well: The study “confirms a few things we already know to be true: being poor is bad for your health. So is having low education, not having a job and having less access to grocery stores and farmer’s markets for fresh food.”

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