Massage therapists see clients with a range of health conditions. A new report ranks each U.S. state’s counties by level of health. The report is a collaboration between researchers from University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Among the findings:

• Urban and suburban counties are healthier than are rural counties.

• People living in the least-healthy counties are much more likely to smoke—more than 26 of the popular does so, compared to only 16 percent in the healthiest counties.

• The least-healthy counties have higher rates of poverty, with 30 percent of children living in poverty—over three times higher than the rate in the healthiest counties.

• The 50 least-healthy counties have fewer places where people can find healthy food.

• People living in the least healthy counties are 60% more likely to be admitted to the hospital for preventable conditions—a sign of poor outpatient and primary care.

Visit www.countyhealthrankings.org and click on any state on the online map to be taken to a state map where you can then select any county.

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