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U. of Wisconsin rates Tioga County as healthiest county in the Southern Tier

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(WBNG) -- A new study shows counties in the Southern Tier are generally lagging behind the rest of the state in terms of overall health.

The University Of Wisconsin publishes the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, which uses outcomes and factors to determine the health of counties across the country.

According to the latest rankings, Tioga County ranks as the healthiest in the region, as #20 out of 62 counties across the state. Delaware County ranks #42, followed by Broome County at #47, and Chenango County at #52.

Tioga County health officials say even though the county dropped four spots in the ranking compared to last year, they are encouraged by certain trends, such as a declining overdose mortality rate.

Officials say it's the entire community that helps ensure the health of the county.

"I think Tioga County has a strong network of partnerships; the health department, we work with a bunch of others like Tioga Opportunities, anti-hunger task force, so I think the network we have to help our community," said Laura Bennett, a public health educator for the county. "We're small but I think we have a lot to offer them."

Bennett said officials are concerned though over an increase in sexually transmitted diseases, as well as a small increase in fatal car crashes.

Josh Rosenblatt

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