Kane County Ranks 7th Healthiest of 102 Counties in Illinois

Kane County Ranks 7th Healthiest of 102 Counties in Illinois

Kane County’s outstanding hospitals are one reason the county is ranked among the healthiest in Illinois.

Kane County is the seventh-healthiest of 102 counties in Illinois.

The number is up from 12th place last year in the ranking provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with the University of Wisconsin-Madison which ranks the health of counties for each state.

For more information on the County Health Ranking, go to www.countyhealthrankings.org.

“Kane County has proven to be a great place to live work and play,” said Barb Jeffers, executive director of the Kane County Health Department. “Being number seven says our county has great opportunities to exercise with our numerous parks, bike and walking trails. We have five hospitals and numerous medical facilities that offer exceptional medical care and dedicate their time and energy working toward providing access to those who do not have it.

“We have access to good, nutritional food and many community gardens. All of these things and more contribute to a safe and healthy lifestyle.”

Jeffers said that, while Kane County’s No. 7 ranking is great news, there are places we can do better.

The Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan lists Chronic Disease, Behavioral Health and Income And Education as its three top health priorities. Those three categories “address the important health factors that contribute to the overall health of our residents,” Jeffers said.

“It’s up to all of us,” she added. “We can lead healthier lives by increasing our graduation rates, stop smoking, reduce our waistlines and work towards healthier lifestyles. As a community we work together to ensure that we take responsibility for our health and wellbeing. You, too, can be a champion in your community.”

Top 10 Healthiest Counties in Illinois

1 DuPage (DP)
2 Kendall (KD)
3 Jo Daviess (JD)
4 Monroe (ME)
5 McHenry (MH)
6 Brown (BR)
7 Kane (KA)
8 Clinton (CN)
9 Will (WI)
10 Lake (LA)