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La Crosse County ranks high for good health behaviors

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—The County Health Rankings, a survey of all 72 counties in the state, shows La Crosse County ranks in the top third for overall health. The study is conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Overall, La Crosse County ranks 21 out of 72 counties in the state for overall health outcomes, that's on par with past years, but the numbers are also broken down by categories. Where La Crosse County does very well, ranking 4th, is in health behaviors. That includes not smoking,  wearing your seatbelt, healthy eating and exercise.

The director of the health department, Doug Mormann, says the county partners with local businesses to encourage employees to exercise, and schools to serve healthier lunches. He says these behaviors will lead to a higher overall ranking down the road.

"These decisions are things that have been happening in recent times," Mormann said. "So I'm really optimistic that we will continue to get better in terms of our health status, the overall health of the population in future years."

An area where Mormann says the county could improve is in the excessive drinking category. The survey shows about 23 percent of adults in La Crosse County report binge drinking once in 30 days or heavy drinking.

The full report can be viewed here.

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