Physical environment ranks high here, but residents fail to use healthy benefits|
|Langlade County ranks high for physical environment, but rather dismal for health behaviors and social and economic factors, according to the annual County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.|
The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. The rankings allow counties to see how well they are doing on 29 factors that influence health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity, and access to healthy foods.
According to the 2014 rankings, Langlade ranks in the top half of Wisconsin’s 72 counties for physical environment (28) and near the middle for clinical care (38).
On the other end of the spectrum, Langlade County ranks in the bottom quarter for health behaviors (59) and social and economic factors (62) and in the bottom half for health outcomes (52) and the bottom quarter for health factors (60).
The five healthiest counties in Wisconsin, starting with the most healthy, are Ozaukee, followed by Kewaunee, Portage, Taylor, and Door. The five counties in the poorest health, starting with the least healthy, are Menominee, Milwaukee, Adams, Marquette, and Forest.
“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision for a culture of health is one where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy,” Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, foundation president and CEO, said. “The County Health Rankings are a starting point for change, helping communities come together, identify priorities, and create solutions that will help all in our diverse society live healthier lives, now and for generations to come.”
The rankings provide county-to-county comparisons within a state. Nationally, this year’s rankings show that people living in the least healthy counties are twice as likely to have shorter lives as people living in the healthiest counties.
Unhealthy counties also have twice as many children living in poverty and twice as many teen births as the healthiest counties. This year’s rankings also feature several new measures including housing, transportation, and access to mental health providers.
The County Health Rankings are part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. The program includes the Roadmaps to Health Action Center which provides local leaders with tools, step-by-step guides, and stories to help communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to live healthy lives.
“The County Health Rankings show us how health is influenced by our everyday surroundings—where we live, learn, work, and play,” Bridget Catlin, PhD, MHSA, director of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, said. “The County Health Rankings often provide the spark for businesses, community planners, policymakers, public health, parents, and others to work together for better health.”
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute is part of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Kayaking is just one of hundreds of out outdoor activities offered in Langlade County. Many locals skirt it.