Oakland County among the top for health behaviors

For the third consecutive year, Oakland County ranks second in the state for health behaviors and in the top five for overall key factors that affect health, according to the County Health Rankings Report released today. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson credits this achievement to his administration’s focus on quality of life initiatives including the hard work and commitment of the Oakland County Health Division’s numerous community collaborative efforts to improve health.

“Maintaining active and healthy lifestyles are at the heart of our public health programs and quality of life initiatives,” Patterson said. “The Brooksie Way Half Marathon; the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative, which fights child obesity; and coalitions such as Healthy Oakland Partnership and Healthy Pontiac, We Can! all work together to make Oakland County a healthier place to live, work, play and raise a family.” 
 
Oakland County has improved or maintained its position in 29 areas of measure in the County Health Rankings Report produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Those areas include quality of life, health behaviors, adult smoking, adult obesity, teen birth rate, unemployment, and violent crime rate. In addition, for the first year since the rankings began, the county is one of the top 15 healthiest counties in Michigan, ranking ahead of neighboring Wayne and Macomb counties in health outcomes.
 
“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” said Kathy Forzley, Health Division manager/health officer. “These results reflect our commitment to the overall health and quality of life for residents.”