Tolland ranks as Connecticut's healthiest county, according to a new study released Wednesday that charts the state's health habits.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation along with the University of Wisconsin Health Institute says when it comes to healthy living in Connecticut, Tolland County takes the top spot.
"I'm pretty impressed that we're among the healthiest," said Ellen O'Coinmorse of Tolland County. "That's a good thing."
The listing takes into account a number of factors such as obesity rates, the percentage of high school graduates, unemployment rates, limited access to healthy foods, poverty and smoking and teen birth rates.
But, how long and how well people live depends on a number of factors and not just access to healthcare.
Here is how the counties rank in Connecticut:
The Eastern Highlands Health District represents a number of towns in Tolland County. Its director, Rob Miller, said the county health rankings are an important tool when it comes to health and wellness.
Miller said while Tolland County should be pleased, he added it can't get complacent.
He told Eyewitness News that it needs to work on lowering cardiovascular disease along with bringing down the obesity rates in children.
He adds whether ranked first or last, the standings can help spark a dialogue and get policy makers thinking.
Those who call this county home said they hope to keep it up.
"As a family, we try to get out and go hiking a lot, try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, staying away from the genetically modified, buy local at the farmers market," O'Coinmorse said.
To check out the full report, which breaks down all the data and compares the eight counties, click the following link.
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