The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their 3rd annual County Health Rankings on Tuesday morning.
In Virginia, out of 131 localities ranked, three in the region landed in the top 10:
Director of the rankings, Patrick Remington of the University of Wisconsin, described the rankings as "one-stop shopping" pulling together data from a variety of national and state sources. They measure communities on two major health outcomes: mortality (how long people live) and morbidity (how healthy people feel).
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The information also gives community leaders and residents the opportunity to compare their locality with state and national data on such issues as smoking,
The message, according to Remington, is: "There are differences and there are things that can be done."
To see where your community ranks, and how it scores in different categories, go to www.countyhealthrankings.org.