For the second year in a row, Cache County has been ranked second in the state for overall health, surpassed only by Morgan County.Carbon County came in last in the overall rankings.The county rankings were part of a national project and were compiled by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. On KVNU’s “For the People” show Monday, Project Director Pat Remington talked about what goes into the rankings.”If you ask me for the single most important way to measure the health of a community, I’d say it’s the premature death rate and that is the number of years of life that a community loses before the age of 75,” Remington said. “So if an infant or a young child dies, that’s a tremendous loss of years of potential life. That is the single best measure.”But Remington said other measures would certainly include quality and access to health care, health behavior such as smoking, obesity and alcohol abuse and other factors.
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