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Researchers used five measures to assess the level of overall health or “health outcomes” for Winnebago County: the rate of people dying before age 75, the percent of people who report being in fair or poor health,
the numbers of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low-birth weight infants.
 
“The report provides a snapshot,not a high resolution review, of how healthy our residents are by comparing their overall health and the factors that influence their health with other counties in Illinois. It will further remind us that multiple factors contribute to a healthy community. Some factors we each can influence on our own, but many factors are outside our individual control. By improving conditions in our homes, schools, workplaces and community we can create greater opportunities for our residents to be healthy,” said Public Health Administrator, Mike Bacon. 
 
“These rankings demonstrate that health happens where we live, learn, work, and play.  And much of what influences how healthy we are and how long we live happens outside the doctor’s office,” says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  “We hope the County Health Rankings spur all sectors – government, business, community and faith-based groups, education and public health – to work together on solutions that address barriers to good health and help all Americans lead healthier lives.”

“This report comes at a time when many sectors in Winnebago and Boone Counties are joining forces to undertake a comprehensive community health study through the Rockford Health Council.  Partner organizations are commencing a detailed assessment of community health needs and assets and engaging the community in obtaining a broader perspective of community concerns and ideas. This process will provide the foundation for developing a plan of action on established priorities and serve as a call to action for all sectors of the community that health is everyone’s business,” added Mike Bacon.
 
The County Health Rankings are the first to rank the overall health of the counties in all 50 states – more than 3,000 total – by using a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.  For the entire report, please visit www.countyhealthrankings.org or www.wchd.org.
 
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