Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cache County in Good Health

Cache County has been ranked the second highest in the state for overall good health, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The County Health Rankings report — compiled by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — gives Utahns the ability to see how the various counties in the state compare healthwise.
Morgan County was ranked the healthiest overall in the state, but Cache claimed the top spot in the “mortality” category.
“We know that Utah is always near the top when it comes to quality of life and longevity of life,” said Lloyd Berentzen, health officer for the Bear River Health Department . “Now we know that Cache County ranks No. 1 in mortality data for longevity of life or life expectancy when compared to all other counties in the state of Utah.”
The rankings were based on several factors, including quality of health care, individual behavior, education and environmental factors. The report also makes use of the Centers for Disease Control’s morbidity and mortality data, as well as individual vital records from counties.