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Report: Kane County ranks 5th in overall health

Kane County has never ranked higher.

The sixth annual County Health Rankings – which were released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute – placed Kane as the fifth healthiest county in Illinois, up from ninth place in 2014.

Kane previously ranked 12th in 2013, eighth in 2012, ninth in 2011 and 11th in 2010.

“The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health,” Kane County Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers said in a statement.

“Even if we rank relatively high overall, we know that we can take steps to improve the health of all our residents. All of us want Kane County to be a healthier place.”

Kendall and DuPage counties also were ranked in the top five in overall health outcomes.

The rankings were based on a number of measurements, including length and quality of life, adult obesity, physical inactivity, medical care, unemployment and air pollution.

According to a health department news release, this year’s rankings show that the healthiest counties nationwide have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays and better access to parks and gyms. The least healthy counties in each state have more smokers, more teen births and more alcohol-related car crash deaths, the release states.

The rankings help identify factors that are making residents unhealthy and show how Kane compares to other Illinois counties, according to the release.

“In the six years since the County Health Rankings began, we’ve seen them serve as a rallying point for change,” Bridget Catlin, co-director of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, said in a statement. “Communities are using the rankings to inform their priorities as they work to build a culture of health.”

Top 10 healthiest Illinois counties

1. Woodford

2. Kendall

3. DuPage

4. Clinton

5. Kane

6. Shelby

7. Brown

8. Schuyler

9. McDonough

10. Hancock

Source: www.countyhealthrankings.org

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