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Central Georgia Ranks Poorly in Health Report
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Most Central Georgia counties need to improve their health habits, a national study says.

 

A study released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation ranked every county in the nation on its health habits and its results.

 

Most counties in Central Georgia ranked below average among the state's 159 counties.

For example, only one county -- Houston -- made the top fifth in the state for health outcomes. Houston was 17th in the state on that list, which counts factors like premature death, poor-health days and low birthweight.

 

Seven -- Dodge, Bibb, Twiggs, Taylor, Macon, Wilkinson and Telfair -- were in the bottom fifth of the state.

 

The study also ranked counties on what it called health factors, like smoking, drinking, obesity, education and family structure. Once again, Houston ranked highest, at 17th.

 

Wilcox, Wheeler, Telfair, Dooly, Macon and Hancock counties ranked poorly on those health factors, the study says.

The report says Hancock had the poorest health factors among the state's 156 counties. For example, 35 percent of adults in the county are obese, among the state's highest rates.

Hancock also ranked lowest in the state on social and economic factors that affect health, like education, poverty and single-parent families.

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