Levy County's not healthy

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Ranks 51 out of 67 counties in state

By The Staff

If you have not been feeling spiffy, consider this: You are not alone. Levy County is not a healthy place. 

The county ranks 51 out of the state’s 67 counties in health outcomes according to the latest report from the University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two team up annually to provide a county-by-county snapshot of health in the United States. 

While we are living longer, we are

• More likely to be obese – 32 percent had a body mass index of 30 or more,

• To lead sedentary lives – 33 percent of people over 20 years of age reported they did not engage in physical activity even though 76 percent of the county population has access to exercise opportunities

• Have more sexually transmitted disease – the rate of diagnosed chlamydia cases, 185,  is equal to 462 per 100,000 residents and it is trending up

• Higher rates of teen births – the 428 births to females between 15 and 19 ranks the county 50th in the state, and 

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