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Northern Calif. Counties Ranked Highest for Overall Health

California's northern counties ranked highest for overall health in the state, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U-T San Diego reports (Lavelle, U-T San Diego, 4/3).

The study used government data to rank more than 3,000 U.S. counties based on health indicators such as drinking, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking and premature death (Tavernise, New York Times, 4/3).

County Rankings

According to the report, the top five California counties for overall health were:

  1. Marin;
  2. Santa Clara;
  3. San Benito;
  4. Placer; and
  5. San Mateo (U-T San Diego, 4/3).

The lowest-ranking California counties for overall health were:

  • Siskiyou, ranking 54th.
  • Del Norte, ranking 55th; and
  • Trinity, ranking 56th.

Some California counties were not ranked (2012 County Health Rankings, 4/3).

State Tobacco Rankings

Julie Willems Van Dijk -- a study researcher -- said that findings show California's tobacco laws are among the toughest in the U.S. According to the report, California had the second-lowest smoking rates in the U.S. after Utah (U-T San Diego, 4/3).

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