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FIRST ON 3: Survey says Columbus, Bladen unhealthiest counties in the state; New Hanover in top ten

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — Columbus County is the unhealthiest county in the state according to a updated county-by-county study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The study also found that Bladen County wasn’t far behind. It ranked 97th out of 100 counties.

New Hanover County came in 10th, Pender County ranked 28th, and Brunswick County ranked 47th.

Raleigh and Wake County ranked number one.

The rankings are an annual check-up that measure how healthy people are and how long they live in more than 100 counties in North Carolina.

This year’s rankings also include several new measures, such as how many fast food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents.

Across the nation, some factors that influence health, such as smoking, availability of primary care physicians, and social support, show highs and lows across all regions. Meanwhile other factors reflect some distinct regional patterns, such as:

Excessive drinking rates are highest in the northern states.

Rates of teen births, sexually transmitted infections, and children in poverty are highest across the southern states.

Unemployment rates are lowest in the northeastern, Midwest, and central plains states.

Motor vehicle crash deaths are lowest in the northeastern and upper Midwest states.

To check out the details of the results, go to www.countyhealthrankings.org

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