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2014 County Health Ranking Report released

ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- 2014 county health rankings have been released.  They help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live.
Counties receive two ranks; health outcomes and health factors.

Health outcomes measure the overall length and quality of life
Santa Rosa County ranks 6th Okaloosa ranks 19th Escambia ranks 57th.

Health factors, Okaloosa County ranks 10th in the state, followed by Santa Rosa at 14th and Escambia County ranking 39th.

Escambia County health officials aren't sitting idly by despite its lower health rankings, they are taking steps to turn things around.

County Health rankings look at several areas that affect a person's health. 
Health outcomes shows how healthy a county is while health factors tell what contribute to the health of the county such as high school graduation rates, smoking, obesity and teen births. 
The information is used by local health officials to address problem areas.

"There are things we can change, things we can do, and policies that can change and things people can change for the better" said Dr. Susan Turner, Escambia County Health Department.

Some Escambia County residents had their own ideas and suspicions as to why the county ranked 57th in the state for overall health.

"If you think about it, everybody eat wrong, unprotected sex, drugs, violence all kind of stuff make you not be healthy" said Chris Glover, Escambia County Resident.

"I think there needs to be more outreach programs, as far as getting people active" said Star Rivers, Escambia County Resident.

5-2-1-0 is Escambia County's latest campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent and reduce obesity.
It asks people to eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day.
Have 2 hours or less of screen time.
Have at least 1 hour of physical activity... and consume zero sugary drinks.

"We're really making a huge effort to at least address that piece of the puzzle, and helping people be more physically active and eat better" said Dr. Turner.