Williamson Countians are the most healthy, but drink a bit more


Williamson Countians are the most healthy, but drink a bit more

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Williamson County residents smoke less, are more physically active, and are slimmer than residents of other Tennessee counties.

Williamson County residents smoke less, are more physically active, and are slimmer than residents of other Tennessee counties, but drink heavily a bit more often than state residents as a whole, according to new health rankings from ranks from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).

Williamson is the healthiest in Tennessee for the seventh consecutive year, according to the 2016 County Health Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

This further proves what we’ve known all along, Williamson County is easily one of the best places to live in the country. We are a growing, thriving community that encompasses something for everyone – from young families to retirees,” U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said in a press release in response to the rankings.

The Rankings compare the health of nearly every county in the nation using more than 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, jobs, smoking, access to healthy food, and more.

In most of those rankings, Williamson is close to the top counties in the nation. For example, the 16% of residents who smoke compares to the best counties nationally where 14% use tobacco. In Tennessee, 22% report tobacco use, which also is the percentage in Davidson, Rutherford and Maury counties. In Wilson and Sumner, which ranked 2 and 3 in respectively in the state, 20% smoke.

According to Blackburn, Williamson County has a number of initiatives underway to expand health opportunities for residents, including a wide range of preventative adult programs and services that provide: routine dental exams, access to initial cancer screenings, availability to preventative immunization shots, prenatal care, and primary care.

“The people of Williamson County have shown great dedication to making their community, and Tennessee at-large, a better place to live. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store,” Blackburn said.

In the percentage of adults who report binge or heavy drinking, Williamson had 13% compared to 12% statewide. The best ranked counties nationally also reported 12%.

Another place where Williamson fell short was in air quality. Williamson scored 14.5 for air pollution/particulate matter, the same as Davidson, compared to 13.8 statewide and 9.5 in the best ranked counties for air quality.

Statewide, 32% of adults were obese, compared to 27% in Williamson County, and 25% in the lowest-obesity counties nationally; similarly 23% were physically inactive in Williamson, compared to 32% statewide and 20% in the best-ranked counties..

Maury County ranked 15th among Tennessee’s 95 counties. 12% of Maury Countians, the state average, report binge or heavy drinking.

Grundy County was at the bottom of the list.

Williamson County residents smoke less, are more physically active, and are slimmer than residents of other Tennessee counties, but drink heavily a bit more often than state residents as a whole, according to new health rankings from ranks from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).

Williamson is the healthiest in Tennessee for the seventh consecutive year, according to the 2016 County Health Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

This further proves what we’ve known all along, Williamson County is easily one of the best places to live in the country. We are a growing, thriving community that encompasses something for everyone – from young families to retirees,” U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said in a press release in response to the rankings.

The Rankings compare the health of nearly every county in the nation using more than 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, jobs, smoking, access to healthy food, and more.

In most of those rankings, Williamson is close to the top counties in the nation. For example, the 16% of residents who smoke compares to the best counties nationally where 14% use tobacco. In Tennessee, 22% report tobacco use, which also is the percentage in Davidson, Rutherford and Maury counties. In Wilson and Sumner, which ranked 2 and 3 in respectively in the state, 20% smoke.

According to Blackburn, Williamson County has a number of initiatives underway to expand health opportunities for residents, including a wide range of preventative adult programs and services that provide: routine dental exams, access to initial cancer screenings, availability to preventative immunization shots, prenatal care, and primary care.

“The people of Williamson County have shown great dedication to making their community, and Tennessee at-large, a better place to live. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store,” Blackburn said.

In the percentage of adults who report binge or heavy drinking, Williamson had 13% compared to 12% statewide. The best ranked counties nationally also reported 12%.

Another place where Williamson fell short was in air quality. Williamson scored 14.5 for air pollution/particulate matter, the same as Davidson, compared to 13.8 statewide and 9.5 in the best ranked counties for air quality.

Statewide, 32% of adults were obese, compared to 27% in Williamson County, and 25% in the lowest-obesity counties nationally; similarly 23% were physically inactive in Williamson, compared to 32% statewide and 20% in the best-ranked counties..

Maury County ranked 15th among Tennessee’s 95 counties. 12% of Maury Countians, the state average, report binge or heavy drinking.

Grundy County was at the bottom of the list.

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