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County Health Rankings released for Florida

Wednesday, March 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released the 2016 County Health Rankings. You can view the results county-by-county by visiting this website.

Duval County ranks 48, falling from 43rd in the state last year. Clay ranks 6th in state, Nassau is 10th and St. Johns came in at the top spot.

The rankings take into account health behaviors such as adult smoking, obesity, STDs and teen births. The rankings also take into account social and economic factors and the physical environment.

Dr. Kelli Wells, director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval), commented on the rankings Wednesday.

“Health is a result of the conditions in which we live, work, and play” said Dr. Wells. “The Rankings data is most valuable to us in terms of the community actions they inspire.”

Mayor Lenny Curry also released a statement regarding the rankings.

“Jacksonville citizens deserve a community that encourages and supports healthy living,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “It is my commitment, as mayor, to lead and support efforts and create conditions that contribute to the health and well-being of residents throughout Jacksonville. I challenge each of our citizens and community partners to engage with us in making Jacksonville one of our nation’s healthiest cities.”

DCMS President Dr. Sunil Joshi spoke to Action News Jacksonville about the county health rankings. You can watch the story by clicking here.