National county health survey rates Cache #3 in Utah

Earlier this month, during National Public Health Week, it was announced Cache Valley is the third healthiest county in Utah.

Holly Budge, Public Health Resource Manager at Bear River Health, says a national report outlines where Cache County scores well.

“It highlights that things like excessive drinking, alcohol impaired driving deaths, those are very low compared to the nation as a whole,” says Budge. “We have a good high school graduation rate and also 72 percent of our population get in a least some college.

“Those are things that we look at now as social determinants of health.”

She says the county has a very low crime rate and injury deaths are low.

On the flip side, the county’s adult obesity rate was flagged as a concern. And while only eight percent use tobacco products, she says ending tobacco usage is the single best thing you can do for your health.

More about the national county health survey is found at healthybrhd.org.

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