Williamson Healthiest County, Rutherford Second Healthiest

Mar 20, 2013

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin ranks the relative health of people living in Tennessee's counties.

The report — out today — lists Williamson County as the healthiest among the state's 95 counties. Rutherford County came in second.

Grundy County on the southern end of the Cumberland Plateau came in last.

Ginny Kidwell is  Program Director for the Tennessee Institute of Health. She says that the good news for counties like Grundy, is that there are simple things you can do to improve your health.

“Most things that we can do to improve our health don’t occur in the doctors office. They occur in those every day decisions that we make about what we eat, whether or not to exercise, whether we get regular checkups, eat fruits and vegetables – or not."

The ranking includes data on county death rates, high school graduation rates, unemployment, access to healthy foods, air and water quality, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births.