Wednesday, March 16, 2016

McDowell again is unhealthiest county in West Virginia

(AP) — A report finds that Jefferson County is the healthiest county in West Virginia, while McDowell County continues to be considered the state's unhealthiest.

The report was released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. It found that Jefferson, Putnam, Monongalia, Pleasants and Tucker were the state's healthiest, based on quality of life and longevity.

Based on the same measures, five counties in the southern coalfields were named the least healthy: McDowell, Wyoming, Mingo, Logan and Mercer.

The study also ranked each county on factors that include tobacco use, diet and exercise and access to medical care, among other factors. Putnam County was ranked highest based on those measures, while McDowell County was ranked lowest.