The healthiest county in Illinois? Top 10 includes Clinton County


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According to an article By Evonne Liu of Crain's Chicago Business, DuPage County remains the healthiest county in Illinois, followed by Kendall, as reported in the annual rankings. Clinton County from our area is ranked number 8. 

The rankings are a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This is the ninth year the institute has released them.

HEALTH OUTCOMES
The report has two parts: "Health Outcomes" looks at length of life and quality of life, with the length-of-life measurement focusing on premature deaths.

The report's quality-of-life factor is measured by "self-reported health status," which includes the percentage of people reporting poor or fair health conditions and a person's number of physically or mentally unhealthy days in a month, and is also measured by the percentage of newborns of low birth weight, an indicator of infant mortality risk. Another consideration in the report is maternal exposure to health risks.

DuPage scored the No. 1 spot in the health outcome ranking, which it also landed last year.

The collar counties scored higher marks than Cook County in the health outcome ranking: McHenry County landed the No. 5 spot and Kane improved from No. 12 to No. 7. Will County was ranked No. 9, up from No. 11, while Lake County fell to No. 10 from No. 6 last year.

HEALTH FACTORS
The report also ranks "Health Factors" in each Illinois county, with those factors including health behaviors, clinical care, and social, economic and environmental factors, such as people's drinking and exercising habits. Other factors include obesity, access to health care, crime rates, child poverty and air pollutions.

DuPage also ranked No.1 in this ranking, while Cook County moved up from last year's No. 77 spot to No. 72. Kendall County improved year-over-year from No. 6 to No. 5; Lake County improved from No. 10 to No. 6 this year.

McHenry County dropped from No. 7 to No. 9; Kane County dropped from No. 25 to No. 30.

The report noted that Cook County improved in areas including premature deaths, alcohol-related driving deaths, and child poverty and teen births. Negative trends for Cook County included obesity, sexually transmitted infections and income inequality, according to the ranking.

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