LAWRENCEVILLE According to a report released by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gwinnett County is the fifth-healthiest county in Georgia.
The County Health Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org, are the first to rank the health of more than 3,000 counties nationwide, officials said, using a standard formula to determine residents' health and longevity.
Fayette County was ranked No. 1, followed by Oconee, Forsyth, Cobb and Gwinnett. Rounding out the top 10 are Cherokee, Columbia, Morgan, Henry and Hall counties.
The least healthy counties are mainly located in south Georgia, according to reports. Starting with the least healthy, they are Quitman, Calhoun, Talbot, Terrell and Randolph counties.
"This report shows us that there are big differences in overall health across Georgia's counties, due to many factors, ranging from individual behavior to quality of health care, to education and jobs, to access to healthy foods, and to quality of the air," said Dr. Patrick Remington of Wisconsin's School of Medicine and Public Health.
President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Risa lavizzo-Mourey, said the hope is that all sectors will work together to help all Americans lead healthier lives.
The online report includes county snapshots of each county's ranking and "health outcome."