A new report gives the state of health in Texas County.

A report on Texas County’s health was recently released as part of a nationwide study of the country’s wellness.

The report ranks the health of nearly every county in the nation.

Texas County ranked 103 out of 114 counties in the state. Much of the problems, according to the study, are in south-central Missouri and the Bootheel.

Here is an outline of the Texas County report:

-Mortality: The county ranks 85. The worst showing compared to the state figures was in poor physical health days – the average number of physically unhealthy days reported in the past 30 days. A bright spot: Low birthweight was below the state average.

-Health behaviors: The county ranks 92. Adult smoking, motor vehicle crash rates, teen birth figures, uninsured adults and lack of mammography screening ranked poorly. Positive compared to the state average were: excessive drinking and sexually transmitted infections.

-Social and economic factors. The county ranks 80. Children in poverty – 33 percent – was the main troublespot.

-Physical environment. The county ranks 63 when looking at pollution, access to health foods and recreation.

Area counties and their ranking: Howell, 101; Wright, 102; Douglas, 76; Pulaski, 52; Laclede, 75; Phelps, 70; Dent, 95; Shannon, 92.

For the second year, the County Health Rankings confirm the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income and environment play in how healthy people are and how long they live. This year, the report includes people in more than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia to compare the overall health of their counties against other counties in their state, and also compare their performance on specific health factors against national benchmarks of top-performing counties.

Learn more at: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org




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