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Shoshone, Benewah Among Unhealthy

According to the fifth annual “County Health Rankings” report, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the five healthiest counties in Idaho (starting with most healthy) are Madison, Latah, Valley, Blaine, and Franklin. The five counties in the poorest health (starting with least healthy) are Bear Lake, Shoshone, Benewah, Lemhi, and Boise. The “County Health Rankings” rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. The Rankings allow counties to see how well they are doing on 29 factors that influence health including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity, and access to healthy foods. Other factors include housing, transportation, and access to mental health providers/Fox 9. More here.

Question: Have you taken steps to improve your health in the last year? What are they?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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