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Douglas County ranks first on state’s healthiest list


Bikers enjoy a ride on Spruce Meadows Open Space Trail in Douglas County. Access to exercise opportunities were among the determining factors that led to the County being ranked number one in Colorado for overall health outcomes for

the second consecutive year.

Information provided by Douglas County

Congratulations residents of Douglas County! You live in the Colorado County ranked healthiest in the state.

According to the 2017 “County Health Rankings” report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Douglas County ranks number one for overall health outcomes in Colorado for the second consecutive year. The County has been ranked by the Foundation as one of the top two healthiest Colorado counties since 2011.

The Foundation compared data over an expansive range of fields, including health outcomes like length and quality of life, as well as health factors such as education; access to locations for physical activities; alcohol, drug and tobacco use; obesity rates; teen birth rates and more.

“What a privilege it is to serve on a governing board for a County whose residents so consistently demonstrate the state’s top rankings in overall health outcomes and behaviors,” said Douglas County Commissioner and Board Chair Roger Partridge, on behalf of the board.

Douglas County residents, for example, rank highest in length of life, have the highest quality of life, the top health behaviors and the top set of social and economic factors, which look at education, employment and income.

For more information on the study – which weighs health and demographic factors for all 64 Colorado counties – and to see the complete rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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