Study: Seminole, Orange among healthiest counties in Florida
Smoking, obesity, alcohol among factors
ORLANDO, Fla. – A new study that examined the healthiest places in the U.S. found that in Florida, Orange and Seminole are among the top 10 fittest in the state.
The study completed by life insurance company SmartAsset ranked counties by factoring in average age of death, number of smokers, obesity rates and excessive drinking, among other factors.
In Florida, St. Johns, Miami-Dade and Collier counties are in the top three for healthy behaviors. Seminole is No. 4, and Orange County is No. 9 out of 10.
The first factor that made up 50 percent of the ranking in the study was premature death rates, or life lost before age 75, called the length of life index. That number provides a measure of life expectancy, according to the study.
Next, the study analyzed health-related behaviors including smoking, obesity and adults who report heavy drinking. Those behaviors were called the health behaviors index and were 30 percent of the overall weight.
Researchers also considered access to health care and the percentage of the population without insurance younger than 65 years old in the county as a secondary measure in the study. Health care access was 20 percent of the county overall “health” number.
According to the study, 15 percent of Seminole County and 16 percent of Orange County adults are smokers. About 19 percent of Seminole County adults are uninsured compared to 24 percent in Orange.
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