Greenbrier County among top 20 healthy counties in WV

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LEWISBURG, W. Va. (WVNS) –When it comes to healthy counties, Greenbrier County is ranked 17th out of 55.

The rankings are produced each year through a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

Drema Mace, Executive Director at the Center for Rural and Community Health, said Greenbrier County has seen a major jump within the past two years.

“It’s important that working together, citizens of Greenbrier County have cut our health rankings in half. We went from 35 to 17 in a two-year period,” said Mace.

Mace also said part of the success comes from a community that is focused on solving health issues.

“If you open up chairs around here for people to come and talk about any health issue,  they will come People are interested, they are engaged. They want to be part of the process that is the solution,” said Mace.

These health rankings look at a variety of things like length of life and quality of life. Sally Hurst, Executive Director for Greenbrier County Health Alliance said with the help of this organization,  people are gaining more knowledge to live a happy and healthy life.

“Greenbrier County Health Alliance is a non-profit organization that brought together service providers from around the county to talk about health issues and to organize strategies to help improve health,” said Hurst.

Mace and Hurst both agree with the continued community support to be healthy, Greenbrier County will rise in the rankings.

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