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Excessive Drinking Hurting La Salle County Health Ranking

Posted by wlpo on April 5, 2012

Things like excessive drinking and a high unemployment rate has La Salle County in the bottom half of healthiest counties in Illinois.

A new report out of the University of Wisconsin lists La Salle County as the 66th healthiest county in Illinois, down from 65th a year ago.  La Salle County is ranked 97th out of 102 counties in the category of Health Behaviors.  This includes 29% of adults saying they smoke, a 30% adult obesity rate and 24% of people in the county considered to drink excessively.  The county is also rated low in Economic Factors thanks to a 13 percent unemployment rate and 18% percent of children in poverty.

The health outlook is much better in Bureau and Putnam Counties.  Bureau County is ranked the 25th healthiest county in the state while Putnam County is 37th.

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