Thursday, March 21, 2013

JP 15th Healthiest Parish In State

Jefferson Parish ranked as the 15th Healthiest Parish in Louisiana, according to a new survey by The Robert Wood JohnsonFoundation.

The survey  ranked factors such as Mortality, poor physical or mental health, and a range of Health Factors including Health Behaviors (Smoking, Obesity, etc), access to health care providers, and Social and Economic Factors like education, unemployment and poverty.
Jefferson Parish scored 3rd best in the Physical Environment category which ranked items like

-          Drinking Water Safety

-          Access to Recreational Facilities

-          The Percentage of Fast Food Restaurants
JP’s lowest score, 21st, was in Social & Economic Factors. The parish scored below the Louisiana average in High School Graduation rate, Children in poverty and Children in single-parent households.

Regionally, St. Tammany was the healthiest parish ranking 3rd, followed by Plaquemines (4th), St. Charles (6th), St. John the Baptist (35th), Orleans (48th) and St. Bernard (55th).
Statewide, West Feliciana Parish was ranked 1st while East Carroll Parish finished 64th to bring up the rear.

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