Counties by health

A new study ranks Alabama’s counties by health. The research by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin takes into account factors such as rates of obesity and smoking, and access to healthy foods. Shelby is ranked as the healthiest county; locally, Blount County ranks 10th out of the state’s 67 counties; DeKalb County was 20th, Cherokee 23rd, Marshall 24th, Calhoun 43rd and Etowah County is the 45th healthiest county in Alabama..