REPORT SAYS RANDOLPH COUNTY NOT AS HEALTHY AS ITS NEIGHBORS

A new report shows Randolph County lagging behind most counties in the state’s health rankings. The 2019 County Health Rankings Report comes from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Randolph County is 79th of 115 counties and the city of St. Louis in health outcomes, which are determined by how long people live and how healthy people feel. Randolph County is 84th of 115 in health factors, such as health behaviors like tobacco and alcohol use, and diet and exercise; access to and quality of clinical care; social and economic factors like education, employment, income, and safety; and the physical environment, like air & water quality. St. Charles County tops both lists. Boone County was ranked ninth and fourth. Chariton County was 28th in outcomes and 25th in factors. Macon County was 46th and 28th. Audrain is 50th and 58th. Counties north of I-70 generally fared better than those south of I-70. The numbers are available at countyhealthrankings.org.

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