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U.S. News ranked Placer County at #11 in America’s Healthiest Counties for Kids, a new set of rankings by U.S. News that highlights counties that feature among other child-friendly data, fewer infant deaths, fewer low-birth-weight babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births and fewer children in poverty.
3-California Counties made the top 10 including San Mateo County, San Francisco, and at number one was Marin County.
The experts who study community health yearn for more and better data. “We don’t have county-level data on kids with diabetes, controlled or uncontrolled, or on childhood obesity rates,” says Ali Mokdad of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. “Almost every kid in this country goes to school. We could measure height and weight, but nobody’s connecting the dots.”
Perhaps the most tragic statistic is the rate at which children die from injuries of all kinds; it is more than three times higher in counties in the bottom 10 percent of all of those evaluated than those at the top. “How can this be happening in a country like ours, with our resources?” says Mokdad.
The report ranked the Top 50 counties in the country for healthy children.