Guilford getting more healthy
The county improved to 9th in 2012 for overall health among the state’s 100 counties, up from 10th in 2011, according to the latest annual report.
Davidson County ranked 50th and Randolph 35th. No Triad counties were on the list of the 10 least healthy in the report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Guilford ranked 24th in health factors, which include health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors. Davidson County was 62nd and Randolph 42nd. 2012
The county ranked 90th in physical environment, up from 94th, partly because 69 percent of residents have access to healthy foods and air pollution. Davidson was 41st and Randolph 54th. Guilford County’s air pollution has been an environmental problem. Guilford had 10 air-pollution ozone days during the year compared to six for Davidson County and one for Randolph.
Fifteen Guilford Census tracts have been labeled as “food deserts” by the US Department of Agriculture, nine in Greensboro and six in High Point, limiting community members’ access to healthy foods. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding a Community Transformation Grant Project to add new farmer’s markets in the locations.
Top Ten in Health Outcomes: Wake, Orange, Union, Mecklenburg, Dare, Watauga, Cabarrus, Durham, Guilford and New Hanover.
Least healthy counties: Richmond, Scotlalnd, Northhampton, Vance, Bertie, Swain, Edgecombe, Bladen, Halifax, Robeson and Columbus.