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Clean bill of health for Travis County

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday that Travis County is among the top 10 healthiest counties in the state, according to a report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The authors take into account a range of metrics to rank Texas’ 241 participating counties. “The rankings allow each participating county to see how it compares on 30 factors that impact health including education, jobs, housing, exercise, smoking, obesity, child poverty and teen births,” according to the statement from Austin/Travis County. Considering these factors, Travis County comes in at No. 9. However, Travis County residents still face health challenges. For instance, about half of the county’s residents are overweight or obese. For more information about the findings, explore the interactive map here.

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