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Woodford County Has Healthy People

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:28:39 CDT
By: AP

An annual report finds Woodford County is the state's healthiest, while Alexander County in Illinois' far southern tip ranks last. The report looks at nearly every county in the nation and is prepared by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study looks at factors such as high school graduation rates, access to health providers and healthy foods as well as rates of smoking, obesity and teen births. Woodford County had some of the state's best scores for individual health and social and economic factors. Its childhood poverty rate was 8 percent. Alexander was last at the bottom. Forty-nine percent of children there were living in poverty and unemployment was at 11.4 percent.


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