Study Ranks Virginia’s Healthiest, Unhealthiest Areas

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)
– A new report says counties and municipalities in northern Virginia tend to be
healthier than their counterparts in the southern part of the
state.

The
report was released Wednesday
by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and
University of
Wisconsin researchers. It
ranks counties by several health factors and other areas such as education,
access to health care, and unemployment.

The
report declared Fairfax County the healthiest area overall, followed by
Loudoun, Arlington, Albemarle and York.

At
the bottom of the list is the city of Petersburg, whose rate of premature death was
more than double the state average. It also was last in behaviors such as adult
smoking and obesity and physical inactivity, and worst in social and economic
factors such as education, unemployment and
poverty.

(Copyright 2013 The
Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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