Report: Overall Health of Brevard Residents Ranks 19th Among Florida’s 67 Counties

By  //  March 16, 2016

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Reductions in Obesity, Adult Smoking Contribute to Higher Ranking

Seventy-five percent of Brevard residents are physically active, according to a report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The overall health of Brevard County residents increased significantly from a year ago, according to a study released Wednesday.

The county ranked 19th healthiest out of the state’s 67 counties, according to an annual report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Last year, Brevard ranked 23rd.

A major contributor to the higher ranking is in the health behavior category.

That category shows that 17 percent of Brevard’s adults smoke and 27 percent are obese. Each of those percentages is lower than last year’s  report.

The foundation uses 34 factors divided into seven categories that influence health to determine the rankings.

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Those factors also include high school graduation rates, employment, sexually transmitted infections and access to healthy foods.

The data are gathered from surveys of individuals and statistics from state agencies.

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