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March 16
Wake Named Healthiest County in North Carolina

North Carolina just got its annual checkup, and the results are good for Wake County. Of all 100 counties in the state, Wake was ranked the healthiest county by County Health Rankings.

"We are excited to receive this honor and feel it is a testament to the great work that our staff does every day to help build a stronger and healthier community," said Regina Petteway, director of Wake County Human Services. "We work hard to make a positive difference in the lives of Wake County residents, and this recognition highlights that effort."

The County Health Rankings is an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the overall health of nearly every county in the nation.

The Rankings make it clear that good health includes many factors beyond medical care, such as quality of life and access to exercise opportunities – factors that Wake County helps address.

"Being ranked as the healthiest county in North Carolina is in large part because of the strong partnerships we have with our community and business partners," said Dr. Jim Smith, chairman of the Wake County Human Services Board. "We hope this achievement will encourage these partners to continue to work with us on our Healthiest Capital County, Human Capital Development and other initiatives that will keep us at the top of this list."

According to The Rankings, no matter where a community ranks – the bottom, middle or top – all counties can take action and improve. It is not a race to the top. It is about progress. Building a culture of health means creating a society that gives every person, no matter who they are or where they live, the opportunity to be as healthy as they can be.

"While we are proud to receive the top ranking, we know we still have work to do," said Petteway. "That's why we continuing striving to find new and innovative ways to address critical issues such as mental health, substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases, so we can bring the quality of life for all Wake County residents to an even higher level."

The County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, compare counties within each state on more than 30 factors that impact health, including such social determinants as education, jobs, housing, exercise, commuting times and more. The 2016 Rankings is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.





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