WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- For the second year in a row, Westchester ranked first for healthy behaviors, out of 62 counties statewide, according to the County Health Rankings.
“I’m thrilled that Westchester has received this important ranking for the second year in a row,” County Executive Rob Astorino said in a statement. “Not only is it a testament to the ample opportunities available to residents for exercise and recreation but also a great way to acknowledge that our residents are choosing to be active, avoid smoking, and eat healthier.”
The county ranked third in terms of length of life due to its low premature death rate versus the state average.
In addition, Westchester ranked seventh for health outcomes, which is based on length of life and quality of life, and fifth for health factors, which measure the ways our behavior and environment affect our future health.
The county was ranked 26th in quality of life which included measurements of poor physical health days, poor mental health days and low birth weight.
The survey was developed by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It shows how counties compare within the state in terms of how healthy people feel, how long they live and how their health is affected by factors such as tobacco use, obesity and access to healthcare.