Macon County’s overall health gets a checkup this week—as a new report looks at the health and well being of people in nearly every county in the nation.
Macon County ranks 16th this year out of 100 North Carolina Counties. Last year, Macon County was ranked 13th healthiest.
The county health Rankings, published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, find rates of premature deaths are at the lowest level in 20 years. Nevertheless, people in the unhealthiest counties are dying too early at more than twice the rates of those in the healthiest counties.
Areas in which Macon ranked worse than the statewide average rates include: smoking, teen births, uninsured residents, unemployment, children in poverty, and limited access to healthy foods. Macon, however, did better than the state for diabetic and mammography screenings.
The 2013 County Health Rankings rely on a robust set of data and analysis that examine 25 factors that influence health.
Take a look at the report online at www.countyhealthrankings.org