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Healthiest County

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I saw a little blurb on the local news last night that the county that I live in was named the "Healthiest County in Georgia" I'm not sure where Georgia stands nationwide, but I thought that was pretty cool.

I checked it out a little more this morning and it's a study from some health institute and it's based on a variety of factors, including mortality, morbidity, health behaviors, clinical care, social/economic factors and physical environment.

It sounds right that our county would be up there. We are a "bedroom" community of Atlanta and within the last 15 years, have become pretty affluent and one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. The south part of the county is suburbia and the north part is still somewhat rural.

We have a lot of shoreline and Corp. of Engineer parks on a large lake and river and lots of great county parks. I've blogged before that there's no reason in our county not to be active. There are so many indoor & outdoor activities for a reasonable price and often for free!

I'm glad that I'm an "active" participant in the "healthiest county in Georgia"!
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    You're right, Nikki, it does seem like only the more affluent neighborhoods have access (those tax dollars working!) or sometimes it's an issue of feeling safe in the environment. 7 out of the top 10 counties in the study were all
    metro Atlanta and the lower counties were the very poor South Georgia rural counties.

    I have to applaud the city of Atlanta though. They are working on a new "beltway" that goes around the city using an old rail line. It's multi-use trails and greenspace and will go through a lot of really neat areas (and help with revitalizing a lot of neighborhoods). I'm not sure how many miles it will be when it's done, but it's pretty massive. It looks pretty neat and even my "suburban self" would like to check it out.

    1885 days ago
    That sounds like an amazing place to live. I live in Omaha and our city is not exercise friendly. First of all, we are one of the top cities for restaurants per capita. We don't have a great public transportation system or biking lanes so 95% of our city drives cars to and from work even if they stay close by. We are lacking in parks and the ones we have are mostly just green space. There is nothing inviting about it that would make families want to get up and walk to the park. I live in an upper-middle class neighborhood and I was shocked when I moved there how many of my neighbors walk, run or bike everyday. There is also a trail system near my house so once I moved to this particular neighborhood, activity became a way of life. Unfortunately, it seems you have to live in an affluent neighborhood to have access to that.
    1886 days ago
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