Good, bad news for Heartland counties in health report

(Source: countyhealthrankings.org)
(Source: countyhealthrankings.org)
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(Source: countyhealthrankings.org)
(Source: countyhealthrankings.org)
(Source: countyhealthrankings.org)

*Heartland results are at the end of the story.

PRINCETON, N. J. (AP) - What's billed as the most comprehensive report of its kind ranks the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Dr. Rosa Lavizzo-Mourey says the report shows that, "Where you live, learn, work and play makes an incredible difference to your health."

The second annual County Health Rankings report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is intended to give communities a roadmap to improve health.

They can check online at countyhealthrankings.org to compare the health of their county with others in their state. Then they can work together to develop programs and policies that address health factors such as tobacco use, obesity, access to healthcare and healthy foods, education, employment, community safety and air quality.

Lavizzo-Mourey won't single out the best and worst counties. She says, "This is not a race to the top," because even the healthiest counties can do better.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

Below are the overall heath outcomes rankings from the study of Heartland counties:

MISSOURI (114 counties ranked)
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  • 12. Ste. Genevieve
  • 21. Cape Girardeau
  • 29. Perry, MO
  • 79. Scott
  • 81. Bollinger
  • 90. Stoddard
  • 93. St. Francois
  • 97. Carter
  • 104. Mississippi
  • 106. Wayne
  • 107. Iron
  • 109. Butler
  • 110. Reynolds
  • 111. New Madrid
  • 112. Ripley
  • 113. Dunklin
  • 114. Pemiscot

ILLINOIS (102 counties ranked)
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  • 46. Union
  • 49. Randolph
  • 57. Johnson
  • 73. Perry, IL
  • 76. Jackson
  • 85. Jefferson
  • 86. Pope
  • 87. Williamson
  • 91. Massac
  • 92. Gallatin
  • 93. Hamilton
  • 97. Franklin
  • 99. Saline
  • 100. Hardin
  • 101. Pulaski
  • 102. Alexander

KENTUCKY (120 counties ranked)
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  • 3. Calloway
  • 6. Lyon
  • 36. Graves
  • 45. McCracken
  • 48. Caldwell
  • 51. Carlisle
  • 70. Trigg
  • 76. Hickman
  • 83. Ballard
  • 86. Livingston
  • 89. Crittenden
  • 117. Fulton

TENNESSEE (95 counties ranked)
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  • 19. Weakly
  • 51. Obion
  • 82. Lake