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: York County took 5th spot, James City County 7th, and Mathews County 10th, behind top-rated Fairfax and Arlington.
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).
In the extended Hampton Roads region, this is how communities fared: Virginia Beach (29); Isle of Wight (43); Gloucester (48); Charles City (55); Hampton(66); Newport News (80); Norfolk (106) and Williamsburg (111, perhaps influenced by incomplete data).
The information also gives community leaders and residents the opportunity to compare their locality with state and national data on such issues as smoking, obesity, excessive drinking, low birthweight, teen pregnancy, STD rates, and access to clinical care.
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.