Report: Health divide in NC reflects wealth disparities

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina counties where people are in the best physical shape are also the ones where people tend to be in the best financial shape.

A new report released Tuesday shows that Wake, Orange, Union, Mecklenburg and Dare are the state’s healthiest when it comes to factors like how long people live and how they feel. The counties also rank high in individual health factors like obesity rates and physical activity.

The least healthy counties when it comes to health outcomes are Columbus, Robeson, Halifax, Bladen and Edgecombe. The state Department of Commerce says those five are among the states with the most economic distress.

The report was compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
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