AUSTIN (KXAN) - Travis County remains one of the healthiest counties in the state of Texas.
That's the word from the third annual County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that were released Tuesday.
Travis ranks eighth among the 221 Texas counties that were ranked.
The County Health Rankings examine and rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states, using a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.
The year's rankings include several new measures, such as how many fast-food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents.
"We're doing well but we must do better to narrow the health disparities that exist in our community," says Carlos Rivera, director of Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services. "This serves as an additional tool that our department and our partners use to improve, protect and promote a healthy community."
The rankings, available online, include a snapshot of each participating county in Texas with a color-coded map comparing each county's overall health ranking.
Researchers used five measures to assess the level of overall health or "health outcomes" for Texas by county: the rate of people dying before age 75, the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health, the number of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low birth weight infants.
Each county is ranked within the state on how healthy people are and how long they live. They also are ranked on key factors that affect health such as: smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, rates of high school graduation, rates of violent crime, air pollution levels, access to healthy foods, unemployment rates and number of children living in poverty.
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