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Healthiest Counties: New Hanover Ranks 9th

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County is the ninth healthiest county in North Carolina according to a new report released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The County Health Rankings are the first to rank the overall health of the counties in all 50 states – more than 3,000 total – by using a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.
The 10 healthiest counties in NC are:  Wake #1, Orange #2, Watauga #3, Camden #4, Union #5,  Mecklenburg #6, Dare #7, Davie #8, New Hanover #9, and Cabarrus #10.  
In the surrounding area counties ranked:  New Hanover #9, Pender #20, Onslow #25 Brunswick #37, Carteret #43, Robeson #97, Bladen #98 and Columbus #100.  The 2013 County Health Rankings mark the fourth year all counties across the United States have been ranked according to factors, ranging from individual behavior to quality of health care, to education and jobs, to access to healthy foods, and to quality of the air.  New Hanover ranked second in NC for Clinical Care, eighth for Health Behaviors, 10th for Mortality, 16th for Morbidity, 20th for Social and Economic Factors, and 48th for Physical Environment.
“The County rankings provide a snapshot of the health of New Hanover County residents and let’s the general public know that much of what influences how healthy we are happens outside the doctor’s office,” said Dave Rice, New Hanover County Health Director.  
The online report, available at, includes a snapshot of each county in North Carolina with a color coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking.  The many health factors they looked at include rates of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, and teenage pregnancy; the number of uninsured adults, availability of primary care providers, and preventable hospital stays; rates of high school graduation, number of children in poverty, rates of violent crime, access to healthy foods and air pollution levels.
Rice stated, “We hope this report can mobilize community leaders to learn what is making their residents unhealthy and take action to invest in programs and policy changes that improve health.”
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