The University of Wisconsin recently released the results of its annual county by county nationwide study on health issues, which showed Christian in the middle of the pack across a mostly unhealthy Kentucky.
Christian County came in 51st out of 120 counties, which was better than any adjoining county.
Physical environment and social and economic factors were the areas that held Christian County back the most. For example, 22 percent of those polled in Christian County who were low income did not have easy access to a grocery store to purchase health foods. That number is over triple the rate of 7-percent across Kentucky.
Along the same lines, 52 percent of restaurants in Christian County are fast food establishments, compared to 25 percent across the country and 54 percent across Kentucky.
53 percent of those polled in Christian County have some college education, compared to 68 percent nationwide and 55 percent across the commonwealth. 18 percent did not have health insurance in Christian County, seven percent more than the national average and one percent more than the state average.
Officials say 28-percent of those polled in Christian County are smokers—double the 14 percent nationally and a tick over 27 percent in Kentucky.
29-percent of Christian County children live in poverty and 39-percernt of children live in single-parent households. In fact, there is not one category where Christian County is healthier than the national average, though there are several where Christian is healthier than the rest of the state.
We’ll have detailed stories on our adjoining counties in the coming days.
Click here to view the complete results in Christian County.