Riley again named healthiest county in state

By The Mercury

For the second consecutive year, Riley County has been ranked the healthiest county in Kansas by a national health advocacy organization.

The third annual county health rankings for all 50 states were prepared by the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

It placed Riley County second in the state in premature mortality, fourth in health behaviors, sixth in clinical care and eighth in morbidity, in addition to ranking it first overall. Johnson County ranked second in the state, with Doniphan, Ellis and Coffey Counties rounding out the top five. Pottawatomie County stood sixth on the list, Marshall County was 16th, Wabaunsee County 21st and Clay County 25. Among area counties, the only one not in the top quarter was Geary County, which ranked 90th.

The study found that only seven percent of Riley Countians were in poor or fair health, and that only 14 percent smoked.  It determined that just 27 percent of adults were obese, just 19 percent were physically inactive and that the county had a low motor vehicle crash death rate.

It also determined that just 13 percent were uninsured.

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