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Sonoma County Rated 12th Healthiest in State

New study ranks health of counties nationwide.

Sonoma County ranks 12th in California for healthy living, according to a new study released today.

The "2012 County Health Rankings" also rates another North Bay county -- Marin -- as the healthiest in the state.

The Rankings, done by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, consider factors that affect people’s health within four categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

This year’s rankings include several new measures, such as how many fast food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents.

To see the rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org

“The County Health Rankings show us that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office. In fact, where we live, learn, work and play has a big role in determining how healthy we are and how long we live,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

More than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia are included in the list, which are an annual check-up that highlights the healthiest and least healthy counties in every state, as well as those factors that influence health, outside of the doctor’s office. 

Dee Baucher April 03, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Don't know what formula the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation used to determine the rankings for "healthiness" in counties. If you look at which counties ranked above Sonoma and which ones ranked below..... the numbers clearly make no sense in terms of where people are healthier or live healthier lives. I suspect the individual variables and formula they selected render this "study" very flawed.
Suzanne Barbara April 04, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I don't know what the standards are, but one is access to fast food chains. And we have so many special individual places that would boost us up in the ratings.
Albert David April 04, 2012 at 06:44 PM
What I noticed is that the cities seemed to be lower than the less densely populated areas. I find Sonoma a good place to live so I am not surprised with the results.
Dee Baucher April 04, 2012 at 08:02 PM
One of the variables is the number of medical providers/population. This type of "study" would include all the medical providers for Sonoma Development Center as part of the number of medical providers for the community.... thus a very deceptive assessment for measuring healthiness for the geographic area. The results for these types of studies need to be "taken with a grain of salt".
George Barich April 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Deceptive, indeed. Quality of life issues like roads, public safety, access to free legal services, and so much more were not even touched upon. Crap in, crap out. How about measuring the diversity of a community, the amount of diverse media outlets, how many Occupy groups, etc.? Taking it with a grain of salt is an understatement. Again, another slow news day, or another filler story for Patch. I get it. No bad.

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