Counties here in northwest Ohio are doing a lot better than those in other areas of the state when it comes to health.
Defiance County residents in particular, show lower rates of premature death and excessive drinking, and are reporting fewer sexually-transmitted diseases than the statewide average. But the good news comes with the bad… locally, we seem to have inadequate access to exercise opportunities, and we are more likely to have been exposed to drinking water violations during the past year according to a recent study. Those are the findings as published in the annual County Health Rankings which were released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Defiance County ranked 18th of Ohio’s 88 counties for health outcomes. Fulton County ranked 21st, Henry County ranked 24th and Williams County came in at 14th, while Paulding County ranked near the middle of the pack at 48th. For the third year in a row, Putnam County came in near the top of the list at second. The complete results of the report can be found at www.countyhealthrankings.org.