Benton County prides itself on its public health programs. It’s been ranked the healthiest in Oregon four of the past six years. Now it’s fallen behind Washington and Hood River Counties. Benton County Health Spokesman Charlie Fautin says an increase in premature deaths before age 75 cost them the top spot:
Fautin: “We’ll need to go back into our death records and take a closer look at what’s behind that during that period, it wasn’t a statistic we were really aware of before this.”
Fautin says Benton County will continue its work to fight obesity and tobacco use, including a new focus on e-cigarettes.
Lane County came in 16th in the annual health survey.
Follow this link to find the 2015 rankings.