Guest Article by: Faith Mannix
Being healthy can sometimes be a hassle. But imagine a location that could help you be healthy, just by living there. It would have easy access to healthy grocery stores and wellness facilities, and few people would be smokers, or obese.
Does that sound like the perfect place to you? If you think so, here’s the good news: a place like this exists!
And here’s the even better news: Saratoga County is that place, as it is the second healthiest county in all of New York!
A recent Saratogian article revealed that Saratoga was second only to Putnam County of the healthiest counties in New York State, drawing from data in a report that tabulated factors from mortality rate and teen pregnancy, to crime rate and pollution.
The rankings were broken down into Heath Outcomes and Health Factors: Health Outcomes deals with individual quality of life, and Health Factors looks at healthy behaviors and other factors that affect the entire community.
Saratoga did great in both, but it scored particularly well in Health Factors. What great news for us, because this means within Saratoga County there is better clinical care available and a healthier physical environment! There are also are lower levels of detrimental health behaviors like smoking and being obese, than practically anywhere else in the state.
If that wasn’t enough to be excited about, the report also revealed some good news that is not traditionally mentioned in health reports… Saratoga has a higher rate of high school graduation than most of the state, and has much lower violent crime rate!
But all of this information is just confirmation of what we already know: Saratoga County is an amazing place to live! Saratoga Springs has long been revered for its healing powers and now all of Saratoga County joins in the honor.