2013 County Health Rankings show how Illinois stacks up on health

County Health Rankings ReleaseHot off the presses, the annual County Health Rankings were released today, revealing the relative health of Illinois counties by comparing them on a range of factors that influence health including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support.

Among the healthiest: Douglas County, which earned the distinction of the healthiest county in Illinois, followed by Jo Daviess, Woodford, Mercer, and Henry. The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Alexander, Gallatin, Edwards, Franklin, and Pulaski.

“The County Health Rankings help crystalize that where we live, learn, work and play influence how healthy we are and how long we live,” said Elissa Bassler, CEO of the Illinois Public health Institute. “It is very important to work together on the social and community issues that influence health if we want to see real health improvement.”

Read IPHI’s full press release on the report’s findings here.