Cumberland County among healthiest counties in state: Sentinel News

February 24, 2010: Sentinel News

Cumberland County among healthiest counties in state

by Jason Scott

Excerpt:

Cumberland County is one of the healthiest counties in the state, according to a new national report that ranks each state’s counties.

The County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute was released Feb. 17 and lists Cumberland County as the ninth best in health outcomes — how long people live and how healthy people feel while alive.

It was ranked fourth for health factors, or what influences the health of a county. For this, the study measured health behaviors (tobacco or alcohol use, diet and exercise); clinical care (access and quality of care); social and economic (education, employment and income); and physical environment factors.

“Interesting, and perhaps not too surprising,” said Duane Fickeisen, vice president of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania, about the rankings, given that Cumberland County ranks above the state average in education and income and has lower unemployment and childhood poverty.

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