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BOS1 - Orange County Ranked in Top 10 in Recent Health Study
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2010
Contact: Kathryn Feather
Orange County Ranked in Top 10 in Recent Health Study
(Santa Ana) The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute recently released new county health rankings for every state in the country. Out of the 56 California counties ranked, Orange County came in seventh for health outcomes and ninth for health factors.
Health outcomes measure how health a county is based on mortality and morbidity and health factors measure influences on the health of the county such as residents’ education, smoking and the environment.
Researchers used five measures to assess the level of overall health: the rate of people dying before the age of 75; the percentage of people who reported being in fair or poor health; the number of days people reported being in poor physical health; the number of day sin poor people reported being in poor mental health; and the rate of low birth weight infants. Researchers then looked at factors that affect people’s health within four categories: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.
“Those of us who have the privilege of living here, know what a wonderful place Orange County is,” said Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “The results of this study show what many of us have known all along, that Orange County offers a healthy, safe and active lifestyle for its residents.”
For more information about this study, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org/california. For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, visit www.rwjf.org.
Supervisor Janet Nguyen serves as Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and represents the First District. She also serves as Chair of the OCTA’s Transit Committee. She represents more than 600,000 people, covering the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster and the unincorporated community of Midway City. Orange County ranks sixth in the nation as the most populous county and has the nation’s seventh highest annual budget.