Genesee County is one of the least healthy counties in Michigan, according to the 2013 County Health Rankings.
It ranked 80 out of 82 counties in "health outcomes" and 75th for "health factors" in the County Health Rankings published last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The rankings are based on the idea no single thing makes us healthy or unhealthy – rather it is a variety of factors such as physical activity, access to healthy food, education and family and community support combined. There are two rankings for each county, one for health factors and one for health outcomes. Health factors include our health behaviors, access to clinical care, social and environmental factors and our physical environments. Health outcomes include how long people live (mortality) and to what degree they report feeling healthy (morbidity).
Michigan's three healthiest counties, in order, are Leelanau, Ottawa and Clinton.
You can view the details of Genesee's health behaviors at countyhealthrankings.org.