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La Crosse County's health ranking improves

County ranked 19 of 72 Wisconsin counties

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse is the 19th healthiest county in Wisconsin, according to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's  2014 County Health Rankings. The Foundation released the rankings on Wednesday.

The County Health Rankings combines statistics related to mortality (premature death rates) and morbidity (sick days taken, infant birth weights, and perceptions of overall health).

For health factors, which measures what a community is doing to improve its population's health, La Crosse County is ranked 3rd out of 72 counties, which is up from 4th in 2013.

La Crosse County also improved its rank for clinical care (to 2nd in the state, up from 3rd in 2013) and social and economic factors (ranked 8th, up from 10th in 2013).

"These rankings show that the people of La Crosse County are making lots of good lifestyle and healthcare decisions that protect their health and that of their family," La Crosse County Health Department Director Doug Mormann said in a statement. "They also show that many people in other parts of Wisconsin are doing better than us. We can live longer and healthier, too."

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