By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. —According to a release regarding county health rankings for the state of Kentucky, Greenup County remains one of the healthiest counties in the local area. Of the 120 counties in the state of Kentucky, Greenup has moved up in rank form 54 to 53 in the overall health rankings.
Chris Crum, director of the Greenupd Health Department, attributes the progression to community support.
“With community support from organizations like the Boyd-Greenup Partnership for Environmental Concerns and the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Coalition, Greenup County has definitely brought attention to our ability to affect a positive change,” Crum said.
Other local counties include Boyd County, which remained in the 80s, but rose from 88 to 80 out of 120. Elliott County rose from 73 to 66, Lewis decreased from 86 to 82 and Carter decreased from 91 to 90. The only local counties to drop in the rankings were Lawrence from 100 to 102 and Rowan, which plunged from 38 to 50.
The study, conducted yearly since 2009, considers several health and lifestyle factors of all counties in every U.S. state. Scores are then combined for an overall rating, which ranks counties from healthiest to least healthy.
According to the release, Oldham County retains the healthiest county, with most rural, eastern counties ranking in the lower half of the study.
Greenup County also made improvements in subscore ratings, particularly in the area of Social and Economic Factors, where it ranked 15 out of 120. A release from the Greenup County Health Department said the county majorly improved in Physical Environment, going from 110 to 79 out of 120. The department can use the rankings to determine which of its neighboring counties it can learn from in making future improvements.
Other local counties were ranked significantly lower, mostly in the 80s, with Lawrence dipping to 100.
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