Cole County edges close to state's top 10 healthiest

Cole County moved up a notch to become ranked as the 13th healthiest county in Missouri, according to the second annual County Health Rankings.

They were released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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“We’re proud to have improved by one place from last year,” said Patrick Joyce, epidemiology specialist and response planner for the Cole County Health Department. “This study will help us set priorities as well as continue to do work to improve healthy eating and exercise habits of our citizens.”

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