New report says Cedar County is the healthiest county in Nebraska
HARTINGTON — A national study has once again tabbed Cedar County as the healthiest county in all of Nebraska.
The ranking comes from the eighth annual County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The study looks at the majority of counties in the nation, ranking them based on the ages people die and health factors such as smoking, obesity, sexually transmitted infections, teen births, uninsured rates, air pollution, high school graduation rates, child poverty and preventable hospital stays.
The rankings put Cedar County as the top county in the state for “quality of life measures” and number two in “healthy behaviors measures.”
The rankings are designed to “bring actionable data and strategies to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods,” organizers stated in the introduction to the study. “The County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is making people sick or healthy and what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.”