2013 County Health Rankings Released, Thomas County Ranked '81'

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By: Kara Duffy
March 26, 2013

Thomas County, GA- The 2013 County Health Rankings are out and results show Thomas County ranked 81 out of 159 counties in Georgia.

The rankings were compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Researchers evaluated each county by looking at 30 measures of health and well-being based on six main categories which included:

-Health Behaviors
-Clinical Care
-Social and Economic Factors
-Physical Environment

Adult obesity, smoking and low birthweight are just a few of the areas in which Thomas County reported higher rates compared to the national average.

Archbold Memorial Hospital, however, is working to improve those numbers. Their 'Community Benefit' program allows the hospital to offer a variety of programs designed to improve the health of people in the area.

Mark Lowe, the assistant vice president of marketing and public relations at Archbold said in 2012, they invested $42 million in programs.

"Some of the best examples that we do include our free community health screenings," said Lowe. "Those screenings are designed to help detect chronic disease in it's earliest stages. We also do other things, like childbirth education and smoke cessation classes as well."

Rankings for other Southwest Georgia counties include:
#88- Colquitt County
#99- Grady County
#140- Decatur County

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