Sacramento County ranks near the middle of the state when it comes to health factors, according to a study released last week from the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The study ranked Sacramento County 31st out of the state's 58 counties, citing above-average rates of smoking, adult obesity and physical inactivity. Sacramento County also has worse-than-average pollution when it comes to particulate matter, and more premature deaths, the study says.
“The County Health Rankings show us that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office," a press release quoted Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as saying. "In fact, where we live, learn, work and play has a big role in determining how healthy we are and how long we live."
But it's not all bad here: Sacramento County has fewer than average people reporting they are in poor or fair health, and the rate of people with health insurance is above the state average.
Sacramento's ranking puts it just behind Solano County and just above Mendocino County in health factors. The study ranked Marin County as the healthiest in the state.
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