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Oneida is Among Most Unhealthy Counties in the StateSubmitted: 03/22/2013
Oneida is Among Most Unhealthy Counties in the State
Story By Melissa Constanzer

RHINELANDER - We all want a healthy place to live and work in. But you may be shocked to find how your county ranks among others for overall health.

Oneida County is one of the most unhealthy in Wisconsin. Rankings place Oneida at 57th out of 72 for overall health.

"The rankings take into effect a lot of things like health factors, health behaviors, clinical care, physical environment," says Linda Conlon, Oneida County Health Department Director.

The county struggles with a high death rate and a feeling of "morbidity". That means people don't feel good about their health. Other health issues in the county are adult smoking and car crashes. Unemployment is also high and also considered a health issue. But there are areas that Oneida is already doing well in.

"Going to the doctor, getting our exams, women getting mammograms, and our physical environment. More and more of our community members are active," says Conlon.

Other counties that rank poorly are Forest and Adams Counties. Meanwhile, Florence, Taylor, and Vilas Counties all do well. For the complete listing, visit the associated link.


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