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Smokers Hurt La Salle County’s Health Ranking

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2011

Bureau County is the healthiest county in the listening area according to a University of Wisconsin study.

After taking in factors like employment, adult smoking and obesity rates, and access to healthy foods, Bureau County was rated as the 23rd healthiest county in Illinois.  Putnam County is ranked 41st in the health rankings while La Salle County is 65th.

A few areas that hurt La Salle County’s health rankings were a 12 percent unemployment rate and 30 percent of adults saying they smoke.  La Salle County scored well with access to recreational facilities and healthy foods.

La Salle, Bureau and Putnam Counties all have 27 percent adult obesity rates.  Putnam County has the highest number of uninsured adults locally at 19 percent.

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