Butte, Shasta Counties in bottom third of annual health survey

Mar 25, 2015 11:52 AM by News Staff

Butte and Shasta Counties are in the bottom third of an annual health survey that compares the well-being of states and counties by examining a variety of social, medical, and economic factors.

The report by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Butte County 42nd out of California's 57 counties in overall health, and ranks Shasta County at 50th.

The findings show that Shasta County residents are more likely to graduate from high school and have access to more health screenings than people statewide, but they're drinking in excess and smoking more than their state counterparts.

"The findings do not come as a surprise to us," said Shasta County Public Health Director Terri Fields Hosler. "While we would like to do better, the results of this study do reaffirm that we are focusing our prevention efforts in the right areas. Our agency and our many community partners are working together like never before to tackle these issues, such as having a good education and reducing tobacco use. An encouraging note is that many of the areas we really need to change are those the public can control, such as getting more physical exercise and drinking less alcohol."

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