Where you live can have a big impact on your overall health. And in southeast Ohio, some of the healthiest places are next door to some of the least healthy.
A national study released on Wednesday ranked Noble County as very healthy - 17th overall among Ohio's 88 counties. Harrison County, however, remained near the bottom of the state rankings, at 82nd.
Guernsey (35th) and Belmont (43rd) counties were around the middle of the pack this year in the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's rankings. The study showed the rankings of other local counties varied, including Tuscarawas (30th), Washington (46th), Monroe (54th), Muskingum (56th), Coshocton (73rd) and Jefferson (77th). Delaware County was ranked as the number one county in the state, while Lawerence County is ranked 88th and last in Ohio.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report examines a wide range of factors affecting community health. These include the physical environment; education and employment; crime; access to health care and quality food; and individual health behaviors such as smoking and drinking. Other areas considered include a high rate of teen births and obesity.