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Report Identifies Pockets Of Good Health, Disparities

A report released Wednesday details which counties within states are the healthiest, and which are not-so-healthy.

The Associated Press: Report Shows Which States' Counties Are Healthiest
Startling differences in the health of residents living just a few miles apart are highlighted in a new health rankings report that assesses wellness in nearly all the nation's 3,000-plus counties. A typical example is in Illinois, where the healthiest of its 102 counties, Kendall, is right next door to the one ranked 65th, LaSalle. Twice as many LaSalle County residents are in poor or fair health and smoking rates are double the national average (Tanner, 3/30).

The Washington Post: Washington Area Counties Reflect Health Disparities
The Washington area has some of the region's healthiest counties, such as Fairfax and Montgomery, but also pockets of poor health in the District and Prince George's County, according to a set of reports to be released Wednesday (Sun, 3/20).

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