New study ranks healthiest, least healthy counties in the state

Published: Mar. 29, 2017 at 3:33 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 29, 2017 at 8:15 PM HST
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HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Add "great health" to the list of perks for Garden Island residents.

A study released Tuesday by the Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) has named Kauai County as the healthiest in state.

According to Rankings, where you live influences how well and how long your life will be. Data at the local level looked at housing, education, jobs and access to healthy foods into consideration when determining the health of a county's population.

And Kaua'i County came out on top.

The study also took into account premature and overdose deaths.

Premature death trends in Hawaii from 1997 to 2014 revealed that four counties have seen improvements in premature death rates, however, deaths from drug overdoses increased among 15 to 44-year-olds.

"The County Health Rankings show us that where people live plays a key role in how long and how well they live," Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, RWJF president and CEO said. "The Rankings allow local leaders to clearly see and prioritize the challenges they face - whether it's rising premature death rates or the growing drug overdose epidemic - so they can bring community leaders and residents together to find solutions."

So what county in the state was ranked the worst?

The study ranks Hawaii County as the least healthy in the state.

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