Report: Ottawa is healthiest county in Michigan

Ottawa is the healthiest county in Michigan, according to a report released today by the University of Wisconsin Popular Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Up from second place in 2010, highlights from the 2011 report indicate that 9 percent of Ottawa County residents report being in poor or fair health, 17 percent smoke. It also said 9 percent of Ottawa County children live in poverty and 85 percent have access to healthy foods.
Alex Doty
Mar 30, 2011


“As the local health authority, the Ottawa County Health Department is pleased to be at the top of the County Health Rankings,” Ottawa County Health Officer Lisa Stefanovsky said. “At the same time, the Health Department is just one piece of the puzzle contributing to good health.”

Stefanovsky said Ottawa County is fortunate to have strong groups who come together and make meaningful impacts on residents’ health — including hospitals, schools, businesses, human service agencies, law enforcement, nonprofit and economic improvement groups, local governments, and faith communities.

“And while we rank among the top, many areas for improvement remain,” Stefanovsky said.

In order, the report’s 10 healthiest counties in Michigan are Ottawa, Leelanau, Livingston, Washtenaw, Alger, Clinton, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Emmet and Marquette. The 10 counties in the poorest health are Clare, Wayne, Lake, Ontonagon, Alcona, Genesee, Gladwin, Roscommon, Saginaw and Calhoun. Michigan has 83 counties.


To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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