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The Delaware General Health District (DGHD) ranks first in health factors according to the 20-14 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings released last week.

The Health factors category examines health behaviors, clinical care and social and economic factors. Health behaviors include adult smoking, adult obesity, food environment index, physical activity, access to exercise, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births. With the exception of teen births, the Health District has a program or service that concentrates on each one of these behaviors.

In addition, the Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County recently determined five priorities facing Delaware County. Of those five, two behaviors resulted in a priority — obesity and drug and alcohol abuse. A workgroup on both of these behaviors has been formed to strategize an action plan to combat these growing concerns.

“We are very proud to be first in health behaviors, because behaviors are whet lead to healthier outcomes,” Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson said. “The programs and services we are doing today make for a better future for our community.”

The Health District stays at third in overall health outcomes, which takes into account premature death and several quality of life factors. Compared to the rest of the country, however, Delaware County’s numbers are still less than the top 10 percent of counties across the nation.

The rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org >, include a snapshot of each county in Ohio with a color-coded map comparing each county’s overall health. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program includes the County Health Rankings project, Launched in 2010, and the newer Roadmaps project that mobilizes local communities, national partners and leaders across all sectors to improve health.

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