Sussex County ranked healthiest in Delaware

A new report published by the University of Wisconsin Population Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concluded that Sussex County is the healthiest county in Delaware.

The report concluded people in the lowest county live the longest and feel the healthiest during their lifetime.

The Sussex County Division of Public Health said the county has made strides in different areas recently.  The county has seen an increase of physicians to treat patients, done a better job of avoiding preventable hospital stays and women are getting more breast cancer screenings.

Social and economic factors were identified as areas that need to see improvement.

Paul Silverman, the Assistant Deputy Director with the Sussex County Division of Public Health says it will take "a long time" for the county see big improvements in those areas.

Sussex County also ranked first in quality of life, something Silverman is not suprised by.

"I think Sussex County has a lot to offer… The western part of the state is rural, the eastern part of the county has beaches and areas of recreation.  So it is the best of all worlds."

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