Last week, we reviewed some of the healthiest counties in Arizona. The rates for each individual one could use some improvement. For example, the obesity rate in every single one never dipped below 22%, meaning more than 1 in 5 adults in the healthiest county were severely overweight and this alone can lead to a multitude of health problems.
So, which counties need to improve their health? The following seven according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Just keep in mind that the data included is just a snapshot of all the different factors that go into determining the health rate of each county. Also, in general, lower numbers are a good thing when looking at this particular list. The only exception here is the food environment index, which measures both reliable access to food and access to healthy foods. Ideally, that number should be at 10.
Do you agree with these rankings? What are some ways you think the residents can begin to improve their health? We would love to hear your comments below or on the Facebook page!
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Monica is a Diné freelance writer and the Arizona staff writer for Only In Your State. She currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend and their herd of cats. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.