Dane County has slipped from 15th to 17th in a ranking of the healthiest counties in Wisconsin.
The report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was released Wednesday. The County Health Rankings combines statistics related to mortality, like premature death rates and morbidity, like sick days taken, infant birth weights and perceptions of overall health.
Dane County lost ranking in quality-of-life measures, like the percentage of people in poor or fair health and low physical health days.
The county improved its ranking in health factors, moving from third to second in measures including pollution, health screening and health behaviors.
Negative trends were noted in adult obesity, sexually transmitted diseases, unemployment and children in poverty. Positive trends were noted in health screening, preventable hospital stays, premature death and the percentage of uninsured people living in the county.
Ozaukee County topped the 2014 rankings. Menominee County came in last.