(WTVM) – For the last eight years, county health rankings give insight on what it takes for people to live healthy lives.
Startling new data reveals more Americans are dying prematurely than ever before.
What's even more shocking is that the deaths are among the younger generations.
Out of 159 Georgia counties, Muscogee comes in at number 90 for health outcomes which includes the length of life.
For the quality of life, meaning poor or fair health, Muscogee County ranks 94 out of 159 both indicators on the high side.
These numbers showing premature death rates rising across urban and rural community types and racial/ethnic groups in 2015.
The age group where we are seeing this increase in deaths is those between 15–44 years old.
Muscogee County ranked high in other health areas like sexually transmitted diseases off the chart— at 519.9 percent.
But Muscogee County fared much better when it comes to access to exercise opportunities— at 75 percent.Among the 67 counties in Alabama, Lee ranks 6 for health outcomes which includes length of life.
For the quality of life, meaning poor or fair health, Lee County ranks 11 out of 67— both indicators on the low side, which is good news.
These numbers coming from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offering roadmaps showing what can be done to create healthier places for everyone to live, learn, work, and play.
In sexually transmitted diseases, Lee county came in at 600.2 percent.
Things get much better when it comes to access to exercise opportunities— that number coming in at 63 percent in Lee County.
Drug overdose was by far the single leading cause of premature death by injury in 2015.