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New health study shows Ohio's urban areas continue to struggle
Cuyahoga County ranks 69th, Mahoning 79th in health study
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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The latest county-by-county breakdown on how healthy people are in Ohio shows urban areas continue to struggle, with problems ranging from obesity to sexually transmitted diseases. Cuyahoga County ranks 69th among the 88 counties and Mahoning comes in 79th on the measure of overall health.  

The national study from the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also looks at factors such as excessive drinking and teen births. 
 
Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allan says most inner city residents have limited access to healthy foods and exercise so the county has been working on prevention efforts such as building more urban playgrounds and community gardens, and focusing on tobacco and alcohol awareness.
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Allan says policy changes such as raising the price of cigarettes and increasing taxes on sugar drinks are also important. Geauga County ranked the second healthiest county in the state, behind Delaware.


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