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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

Holiday in the Hills on the Placer Wine Trail in DecemberRoseville, CA, - Come join us and help celebrate the holidays on the Placer Wine Trail to benefit Toys for Tots. Enjoy the holidays in Placer County

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Comes to Life at This EventSacramento, Calif. - Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday tale "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will come to life at Fairytale Town's annual Winter Wonderland event.

California Bowl in Roseville November 24- 26Roseville, CA - Nov. 16, 2017 -One of the most competitive and exciting youth football tournaments on the west coast returns to Roseville over Thanksgiving weekend.

Kids with Disabilities to Get Help with Telemedicine Program (Sacramento, Calif.) - The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a new telemedicine program

Gun Scare in Roseville at Woodcreek HighRoseville, CA, - Roseville Police find loaded handgun following alert from Woodcreek High Students.

Ford can 'Focus' on its futureRoseville, CA,- Not many people are probably aware, but the Ford Focus has been among the top-selling cars in the world, and even held the top spot in 2013.

$1.5 Million in Grants for Sacramento-area NonprofitsRoseville, CA,- Kaiser Permanente has awarded 52 grants totaling more than $1.5 million to local not-for-profit organizations, schools and public entities in Sacramento, Yolo and Placer counties.

Roseville Gas Prices Up 20 Percent Year from Last YearRoseville, CA,- Gas prices in Roseville ticked up slightly this past week. Following on the heels on California's $5 billion a year gas tax hike

Holiday Safety Tips by Roseville Police Dept.Roseville, CA,- The holiday season is a busy and festive time. While you're busy preparing, criminals are stepping up their efforts to increase their holiday haul.

Fishing Club Monthly Breakfast in AuburnThe Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge at 195 Pine Street in Auburn on November 17

Placer County Regional Bikeway Plan UpdateAs Placer County experiences dramatic growth in population, new homes and businesses, the popularity of cycling grows at the same time

Orange is New Pink 5K Walk for Breast CancerOrange is the New Pink 5K Walk for Breast Cancer will take place Sunday, Dec. 3 at Mandarin Hill Orchards in Penryn


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