Updated March 21, 2019
Giles County ranks 56 in overall health outcomes, according to an annual study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released this week detailing all 95 Tennessee counties.
The rankings are based on several factors, including adults who smoke, are obese, the number of teen births and premature deaths. Williamson County was ranked first in the study for the ninth year in a row.
The study was broken down into two main rankings: health outcomes and health factors. Giles ranked 44th in overall health factors.
David Dill, of Lifepoint Health in Nashville, said with the mid-state’s growing population, there are several opportunities for local health care to grow and expand, and a lot of groups are looking at solving the state’s health issues.
According to the study, Giles County’s health outcomes include:
20 percent of people in poor or fair health;
4.8 poor physical health days per week;
4.6 poor mental health days per week;
9 percent of babies born with low birth weight.
Dill said a healthy state means people that aspire to do more, it means people that want to lift themselves up. It’s a healthier group that is consuming less of the social resources and are contributing more to the growth and prosperity of our state.