Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:27 AM by Judy Slate
Updated: Apr 5, 2012 9:09 AM
Gallatin County was named the healthiest county in Montana. That's according to the third annual County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin.
For many people the ranking comes as no surprise.
The University of Wisconsin ranking measures nearly every county in the nation, gauging how healthy they are and how long the people live.
A few minutes at Burke Park in Bozeman and it's easy to see why Gallatin County is the healthiest in the state.
"About everybody I know runs, rides a bike skis works out," Bozeman resident Ann Dye said.
"Everyone bikes to school. Everyone gets out side eats well with the Co-op," Montana State University student Greg Doctor said.
"It's a community of people who really like to do things," Bozeman resident Jay Sinnott said.
Everywhere you look on a beautiful spring day, people are moving around in Bozeman.
"There's so much opportunity to get exercise here, all the health clubs," Steve Wenzel said.
"It's encouraging to know that we have strengths and assets from which to grow from," said Matt Kelley of the Gallatin City-County Health Department.
At the county health department, they say Gallatin County still has a lot of work to do with 20 to 25 percent of people in the county without health insurance.
"That has a lot of impacts on their ability to get health care," Kelley said.
Other healthy counties in Montana include Park, Madison and Jefferson at the top of the list. At the bottom of the list is Roosevelt County.
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