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Placer County Ranks #1 in Quality of Life, Second Healthiest




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For the third consecutive year, Placer County has ranked as the second healthiest county among California's 58 counties. It also ranks #1 in quality of life. Sweet!

The ranking is an annual project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. 

TOP 10 Healthiest Counties in California

  1. Marin
  2. Placer
  3. Santa Clara
  4. San Mateo
  5. Orange
  6. Yolo
  7. El Dorado
  8. Sonoma
  9. San Luis Obispo
  10. San Benito

The project looks at 30 factors in developing its rankings. These factors are broken into categories and statewide, Placer County ranked first in quality of life, second in health factors, health behaviors and social and economic factors and third in clinical care. Other categories include length of life and physical environment.

In past reports, Placer County has been ranked in the top 10 each of last five years.

"We are proud and celebrate these rankings," said Placer County's Health Officer, Dr. Robert Oldham.  "The reason Placer County is ranked so high is that the residents value health and active lifestyles. We still have room for improvement and we're going to engage in a community health assessment later this year, recognizing that health isn't perfect for some and that we want to include any groups that may have been left behind."

The health of Placer County's residents also has positive economic benefits as employers looking for a place to locate will look at the health of the workforce. Having a high County Health Ranking makes the area more competitive as employers seek to reduce health care costs.

The Health Ranking includes almost every county in every state in the nation. The rankings reveal that where one lives has an effect on their health. It is not surprising that Placer County, with a multitude of forestland, an international reputation for its outdoor recreation and a burgeoning industry in locally grown produce and agricultural goods, would earn a high ranking.

This year's County Health Rankings show that the healthiest counties have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays and a lower percentage of smokers. In all of these categories, Placer County is above state and national averages.

In a case of leading by example, Placer County has initiated several employee health and wellness programs to promote good lifestyle choices that produce a stable, healthy workforce. With employees in the office more, productivity is increased. The recently completed 5-5-5 Challenge was an eight-week program for county workers about making healthy food choices, engaging in physical activities, and learning ways to reduce stress that reduce risks for numerous chronic diseases.

Details of the ranking, which is compiled into the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, are available at this website:  County Health Rankings.





Placer County News Headlines

Campgrounds Open Along Middle Fork of American RiverAUBURN, Calif. - With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, the United States Forest Service has announced the opening of campgrounds at French Meadows and Hell Hole Reservoirs

Roseville Flash Crime Report (5.26.17)Roseville, CA- Summary digest of Roseville Police selected activity log covering the period of May 19- 26, 2017.

2017 Acura MDX: classy and versatileRoseville, CA- Now in its eighth year of production by Honda's luxury division, the 2017 Acura MDX is a midsize luxury crossover SUV that is appealing for a variety of reasons.

2017 PlacerArts Summer Concert SeriesAuburn, CA- The annual and free Auburn Summer Concert Series returns for another season beginning June 11, 2017

Affordable Housing Fee Workshops in Auburn and Kings BeachAUBURN, Calif. -- Placer County has scheduled two housing fee study workshops in June, one in Kings Beach and another in Auburn

USA Fastpitch Competition in South Placer County this JuneRocklin, CA --USA Fastpitch is coming to Roseville, Lincoln and Rocklin June 2-4 for three days of softball competition.

City of Roseville's $507 Million Proposed Operating BudgetRoseville, CA- The City of Roseville's proposed operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 is available for review

San Juan Water District Receives Excellence in Financial Reporting AwardGranite Bay, Calif. - The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded the San Juan Water District

Sports Stars Join Rocklin Golf Fundraiser at Whitney OaksHall of Famer Willie Brown, Jim Plunkett, Daryle Lamonica, Charles Woodson, Phil Villapiano, Rod Martin and several more Oakland Raiders headline a dazzling field

Silversun Pickups Summer Tour with Third Eye BlindFollowing their upcoming BottleRock Napa Valley performance, this summer, Silversun Pickups will embark on a 30-date amphitheater tour opening for Third Eye Blind. The "Summer Gods" Tour celebrates Third Eye Blind's 20th anniversary

Garland Ranch Regional Park: Tranquility in Monterey CountyCarmel Valley, California - The "granddaddy" of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, Garland Ranch is a fine elder statesman of parks.

Roseville Firefighters Union Blast City's Proposed Staffing CutsRoseville, Calif. - With rising temperatures and fire season upon us, city leaders in Roseville have proposed drastic staffing cuts to the Roseville Fire Department


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