Gwinnett County Ranked 4th Healthiest in GA

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Gwinnett County comes in as the 4th Healthiest County in GA according to CountyHealthRankings.com. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute performed the study. They examined a variety of health factors in counties across the nation including mortality morbidity, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. The study ranked counties in Georgia 1-156, with 1 being the healthiest and 156 the least healthy

 

Here is how Gwinnett ranked in each category of the study:

Mortality: 4

Morbidity: 9

Health Behaviors: 6

Clinical Care: 59

Social & Economic Factors: 14

Physical Environment: 105

***Numbers out of 156

A more detailed breakdown of the categories can be found here.

This is great news, and no one takes health more seriously than Gwinnett County Public Schools. The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) proposed new standards for public school lunches across the nation as of January 2011.  According to the USFDA’s website, these regulations include reduced sodium, fewer starchy foods, increased whole grains, low-fat or nonfat milks, more fruits and veggies and better breakfast with more protein and grains. However, Gwinnett didn’t wait for the USFDA to step in before they started making changes to promote healthier school lunches. This year, for instance, the public school system began the Farm-to-School program. The program provides better, healthier choices from local producers. Every month, the schools focus on a specific produce item and incorporate it into their menus. Additionally, the school system no longer serves fried foods, has increased the number of fresh fruit and vegetable and increased the choices of whole grains. For the 2011 fiscal year, the school budget for nutrition is $85.7 million, a small jump from fiscal year 2010.

The school system even makes various fitness and health resources available on their website in the form of 2 monthly newsletters, each targeted for specific age groups. Both focus on nutrition, how to incorporate healthy food choices into your diet, and exercise. The first, Nutrition Nuggets, is for elementary school students. The second, Food and Fitness, addresses middle school and high school students. Both newsletters are student-parent friendly and can be accessed in English or Spanish.

The Gwinnett County school system does a great job taking the initiative to promote healthier kids and a healthier county. It doesn’t surprise me though, because our schools already have such a great reputation. Check out more about Gwinnett County schools and Gwinnett County at my website. You can’t beat Gwinnett when it comes to a great place to live.

 

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