(HARLAN) The State Health Rankings have been released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Shelby County ranks in the top 25 at number 23 out of the 99 counties.
Jennifer Muff, Shelby County Public Health Director, said they are very proud of the ranking because they are always trying to make life better in their communities.
“That means we’re well on our way on becoming one of the healthiest counties in Iowa as Governor Branstad has been proposing for our state, he wants to be the healthiest state in the nation,” said Muff. “There’s always room for improvement but this is a really good honor and we’re really happy to be in that spot.”
Muff said the rankings look at a lot of difference social, supportive and clinical factors and general health risks. She said they will be looking their rankings to decide what they need to work on.
“Since Harlan, one of the communities in Shelby County, is working on Blue Zones a lot of those factors will come out in the Blue Zones project to make our community healthier and better,” explained Muff. “One such thing would be like smoking, obesity, excessive drinking, those types of activities, so those are some easy things that we can educate the community on to work on and try to decrease our risk factors for those types of things.”
Rankings for other surrounding counties show Guthrie County at number 34, Adair - 49, Audubon – 72, Pottawattamie – 88, Cass – 92, Montgomery – 94 and Adams – 97.