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Health rankings: Chittenden County is healthiest, Essex and Orleans counties least healthy

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BURLINGTON, Vermont — A county health ranking shows that Vermonters' health varies from region to region.

The national county health rankings released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show Chittenden County is the healthiest county in Vermont, based on length and quality of life, health behaviors, clinical care and the physical environment. Addison County is second healthiest.

Essex and Orleans are ranked the least healthy in the state.

James Biernat, director of the Health Department's Newport district office, says there are economic and accessibility challenges in that region that make "moving the needle of health outcomes more difficult." But the Health Department says it continues to work to improve the health of residents in the Northeast Kingdom.

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