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Where you live impacts your health

Where you live impacts your health
Posted at 3:28 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 16:57:56-04
People living in Howard or Montgomery counties have a better chance of being healthy than those living in other parts of Maryland. 
 
An updated version of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report was released Wednesday. The authors say their research proves where you live impacts how healthy you are. 
 
It's their hope local leaders will use the information to see what factors influence health, and then look for ways to address negative influences.
 
The study takes into account more than 30 factors including education, violent crime, jobs and access to medical care.
 
This is the seventh year for the report, and this version includes three new barometers: sleep, drug overdoses and housing segregation. 
 
The researchers put together maps, graphs and a chart explaining how Maryland's health stacks up to the national average. 
 
Click here to read the full report.