FROM 15TH TO 9TH: County health ranking improves

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County is back in the top 10 for the rankings of healthiest counties in Indiana.Whitley is ninth among all counties for the year 2013. That is up from 15th in the year 2012. The study was put out by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This is the fourth year of the study. 2012 was the only year Whitley County was out of the top 10.While the news is exciting for the county, Whitley County Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher said there are still areas for improvement.“Adult smoking went up,” she said. “Our low birth-weight increased. We were at 8.3 percent.”Hatcher also noted positives from the study.“On the very positive side, from a socio-economic standpoint, we climbed from 13th to 9th (in the state),” she said. “Our physical environment went from 67th to 9th.”Adult obesity is also a concern. Whitley County’s rate was 33 percent. The mark for the state was 31 percent and the national benchmark is 25.To read the rest of this story, see the March 26 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.