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MARTIN COUNTY -- For the fourth year, the health of the residents of Martin County has been evaluated by an independent source, and this year the county ranked second in the state for its quality of overall health. St. Johns County ranked first. Last year, the county had ranked fifth place overall.
"As we track our progress, we are reminded that there is no finish line in our efforts for better health across all the counties," said Dr. John Armstrong, surgeon general and secretary of health for the state.
The report looked at outcomes that occurred over the year, such as premature death, low birthweight and what percentages of people are currently in poor mental or physical health.
The report even included health factors such as number of smokers, adult obesity and physical inactivity.
"We are delighted with these results," said Sarah Heard, Martin County District 4 Commissioner. "We recognize that there are many factors that influence health in a community and we remain committed together with the health department and other partners to support initiatives that help our residents live healthier lifestyles."
The data was compiled by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Florida Department of Health uses the data to create an improvement plan used by the county's health departments as well as other state agencies and businesses.
"We will continue to work with our community partners, as well as develop new partnerships to encourage healthy lifestyles and ensure residents have access to health care," said Karlette Peck, health officer for the Martin County Florida Department of Health.
In other nearby counties, St. Lucie County ranked 22nd, while Palm Beach County came in at 14th. The full report can be found online at www.countyhealthrankings.org.