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Old 03-21-2013, 12:47 AM
 
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University of Wisconsin researchers have again determined that Mon County is the state's healthiest.

Monongalia W.Va.'s healthiest, McDowell its least healthy* - News - The Charleston Gazette - West Virginia News and Sports -

Rankings | County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

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Old 03-21-2013, 01:16 AM
 
Location: WV/Va/Ky/Tn
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And McDowell comes in last... I love how they add Social and Economic Factors, Physical environment to their calculations. How does this correspond with obesity rates thruout the state? I bet the same people who came up with this formula also came up changing the MSA formula as well. Just Medical Bureaucrats mixing up figures once again.


The overall Health Outcomes summary score is a weighted composite of Mortality (50%) and Morbidity (50%). The overall Health Factors summary score is a weighted composite of four components: Health behaviors (30%), Clinical care (20%), Social and economic factors (40%), and Physical environment (10%). Note that the component weights add to 100%.

We would like to emphasize that there is no one "correct" formula or "true" set of weights that perfectly represents the health of a community. Indeed, even a very good system by today's standards might not perform well over long periods of time or under all possible circumstances. County Health Rankings staff have used information from a wide variety of sources--scientific research, available data, expert opinion, statistical analysis--to arrive at a set of easy to understand weights that reasonably reflect the different components and determinants of health. Of course, they are not perfect, but we stand by them as reasonable estimates supported by the best available evidence balanced with the availability of health data and interpretability.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:57 AM
 
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Read about this the other day. I can certainly believe it. When I was in MoTown for my research program fitness was in the air. I even had a complementary trainer at the WVU Rec Center. Fun times.

It's funny. I read an article saying that here in Huntington we have more pizza places than the entire state has fitness centers and gyms combined. Now that sounds worse than it is but it's still bad.

That is one thing I can certainly agree that you have over the rest of the state. Hopefully, you inspire the other.

Keep it up
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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We have outstanding resources here in Morgantown for health and fitness. Our ever expanding network of hiking and biking trails is gradually connecting to the northeast grid, and the general attitude promotes healthy living. It does seem to be catching on elsewhere to a degree. I do read more stories about other towns in the state adopting walking trails and the like. Thing is, just building them is not enough. They have to change the mindset and get people to use them. They are very busy here.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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No real surprise.

The people in Mon might not be holla fabulous but they are fit and healthy.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:00 PM
 
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The five healthiest counties are in the northern and eastern parts of the state: Monongalia, Pendleton, Doddridge, Jefferson and Hampshire. The five unhealthiest counties are in coalfield counties in Southern West Virginia: McDowell, Wyoming, Mingo, Logan and Boone.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:55 PM
 
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How can Doddridge and Pendleton Counties be the top 5 Healthiest when they have obesity rates over 30% and no major medical facilities? Hampshire is a fraction under 30%, once again skewed logic as to their method of putting these facts together.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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How can Doddridge and Pendleton Counties be the top 5 Healthiest when they have obesity rates over 30% and no major medical facilities? Hampshire is a fraction under 30%, once again skewed logic as to their method of putting these facts together.
Because the rest of the state is much worse.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I see that Putnam came in 9th place. Which is surprising, because the running/biking trail infrastructure in the county still needs a lot of work. In fact i miss the city park system that Saint Albans had. However, there is definitely more emphasis on health in Putnam than there is in Kanawha due to the number of gyms/fitness clubs per capita. But there is still much room for improvement, that's for sure.

I just signed my son up for the sports package at the Quantum Soccer Complex. They offer a ton of year round sports for kids of all ages. Quantum has made a huge impact in the development of kids athletics in the Hurricane/ Winfield school system.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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Putnam scores better because of the attitudes of the people living there. Having facilities is only part of the equation. Having folks want to participate is the rest of it, and Putnam has more of those. My impression is the educational level, in general, is higher in Putnam than in surrounding counties.
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