EUGENE, Ore. — A new report says Lane County’s health ranking improved since last year. It came in 17th out of Oregon’s 33 counties.
There are a lot of factors that play into where the county falls on the list.
Lane County health leaders say the ranking is not just how many illnesses are being reported but it’s an overall look at the community’s well being.
“When we think of health, often times we think of a doctor’s office and your own personal health. Well, community health is a much bigger picture than that,” said Jason Davis, Lane County Health Spokesman.
Davis says that bigger picture looks at a number of things like life expectancy and obesity rates. In fact, Davis says keeping Lane County residents in shape is something the county would like to improve.
“Half of our restaurants are fast food restaurants–that’s not good. You know, compared to the state average of 43 percent, we’re half. We’re 50 percent,” Davis said.
“Unfortunately Lane County, like Oregon in general, is participating in the obesity epidemic just like the rest of the world and the rest of America, and we have our job cut out for us,” said Dr. Patrick Luedtke Public Health Officer.
But it’s not all bad news, even though Lane County only moved up one slot in the rankings, Davis is confident that Oregon is moving in the right direction.
“It’s a win, you know, that’s what we see it as. You know that’s what we see it as. But you know, we take it somewhat in stride and with a grain of salt, knowing that we’re still on a road that we haven’t reached the end of,” Davis said.
While Lane County fell in the middle of the pack, Coos and Douglas fell at the bottom at 28th and 30th.