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Study: Philadelphia Unhealthiest County In Pennsylvania

By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An annual study takes a look at the healthiest and least healthy counties.  And, once again, Philadelphia has some work to do.

The “County Health Rankings” place Philadelphia 67th-out-of-67 in Pennsylvania.

Higher-than-average rates of smoking, inactivity and obesity don’t help. But, it’s the socio-economic indicators — like high drop-out rate, violent crime, and childhood poverty — that really weigh it down.

Rankings spokesman Pat Remmington says wealthier suburbs typically score better, but the point of the study is to find ways to improve.

“What makes a community healthy? What can we do to design our workplaces, homes, and cities so they’re designed to allow us to lead a healthier life?”

In the Garden State, South Jersey counties trail their North Jersey counterparts, losing ground on health behaviors and mood.

The annual study is done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

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  • pittstonjoma

    I am very surprised it wasn’t Luzerne County. We have a ridiculous number of smokers.

  • KER

    greetings from Fayette Co. #65 – i was wondering who in the heck beat us out! Philly and our neighbor, Greene, are the only ones that come after us. it’s a sad, sad world over here in SW PA.

  • gs425

    Moochele…keep you grubby paws off my cheesteaks.

  • Frank

    The picture is an odd choice — the guy isn’t even obese. The picture of the beautifully svelte woman that accompanied the Yahoo “news” link was even odder — she looked as if she’d never in her life eaten a Triple Whopper like the one she is shown driving with. Unhealthy living is still a problem in Philadelphia (I live here), and it does disproportionately affect the 45% of the city’s population who are black. Period.

  • Jeff Smythe

    Hey Melwert……..get a haircut.

  • Wise One

    Amusing, ironic (and lib-typical)) that the accompanying story photo shows a white male.

    • br

      Are you really that stupid to think that the picture in this article is in some way political? Just unreal, the idiots in this world!

      • Hater

        Did you read the article? I think Wise one makes an excellent point.

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