East Texas Near the Bottom on New Health Report
Health factors like adult smoking, adult obesity and physical inactivity were used to come up with the rankings, along with access to healthcare.
Rusk County ranked #145, Van Zandt #146, Wood #157, and Cherokee #174 in terms of overall heath.
With Smith County head and shoulders above other East Texas counties, what gets the credit? Some say the Fit City Tyler initiative has led to a more health conscious attitude, and other East Texas cities may look to implement something similar to encourage people to get active and eat healthy.
So as you think about heading to the vending machine to grab a bag of chips today, the little voice in your head telling you to fight the urge may not be your own. It's all of East Texas! We're hoping to rank higher for health next year.
The healthiest counties are in the Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin metro areas, and they have plenty of ice cream stores and donut shops. What gives? Apparently we just need to work out a little harder.