WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County residents' love for their gyms and yoga studios, along with healthy eating establishments has paid off according to a recent study that ranked the county as number one in the state when it comes to healthy behaviors.
Overall the county ranked fourth for its health and fitness benefits for residents according to the 2017 County Health Rankings, conducted by the national organization County Health Rankings & Roadmaps funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Rated on such factors as affordable and easily accessible physical activities, low smoking and teen birth rates, drug use and obesity, Westchester residents seem to take their health seriously.
The county dips to fourth for health outcomes and health factors, due to early death rates, low birth weights, poor mental health days, and other economic factors.
The report also revealed that Westchester residents enjoy above-average access to primary care physicians and dentists with one doctor for every 740 people.
Other factors playing into the county's overall fourth-place rating are lower unemployment and crime rates, fewer children living in poverty, and an above average education system.
The study is passed along to local governments and social organizations for use when planning for the town's future. Small things such as quit-smoking classes and even the installation of sidewalks can add to the overall well-being of a community, the study shows.