Rock County ranks low in health
JANESVILLE--Rock County is trying to improve residents’ health with programs designed to curb childhood obesity, give people more opportunities to be physically active and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.
But according to Rock County Health Officer Karen Cain, many of the problems here are stubborn ones. In some cases, they’re tied to patterns of poverty and a dangerous culture of drinking, she said.
So despite the county health department’s best efforts, the health of county residents was once again ranked in the bottom quarter of Wisconsin counties, according to a study released this week.
Rock County ranked 62nd out of 72 counties. Walworth County fared better at 34th.
Rock County has consistently been ranked close to the bottom of state counties in the annual study from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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