BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A new report shows residents of Kern County lack in health.
The annual County Health Rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute includes factors such as smoking, employment, physical inactivity and access to healthy foods.
California has 58 counties, and Kern ranked 54th in health.
Kern County fared badly in quality of life outcomes, with the number of poor physical and mental health days 27 percent higher than the state average, according to the report.
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"The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health," said Laura Podolsky, director of Healthy Communities for the Local Government Commission, said in a news release. "Having this information makes it possible for communities to see the unique health problems they face and create local solutions to address them. Visionary and innovative leaders across the San Joaquin Valley are working hard to create healthier communities, and I'm hopeful that we'll see vastly improved numbers in the near future."