FDL County In The Middle Of The Pack In County Health Rankings

Fond du Lac County’s rank in the annual County Health Rankings for Wisconsin remained virtually the same compared to last year. In the 2012 report prepared by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation the County finished 35th, this year Fond du Lac County finished 36th among the state’s 72 counties. County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says we need to improve in health behaviors where the County finished 42nd. That included tobacco use, diet and exercise, alcohol use and obesity. She says the County did a community health assessment last year and developed a community health improvement plan to address four big needs that included doing something about obesity, dental health access, mental health access, and alcohol use. She says it will take time to make improvements. Mueller says there were some bright spots with the County finishing 22nd among health factors, 16th for clinical care, 20th for social and economic factors, and 25th for physical environment.  Ozaukee County finished as the healthiest county in the rankings and Menominee the worst. To see the report click here.