Michigan counties http://michiganradio.org en Top 5 healthiest and unhealthiest counties in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/top-5-healthiest-and-unhealthiest-counties-michigan <p><a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/michigan">A new study</a> says Ottawa County is the healthiest county in Michigan. The county borders Lake Michigan&rsquo;s shore directly west of Grand Rapids.</p><p>Marcia Knoll is a community health analyst at <a href="http://www.miottawa.org/HealthComm/Health/">Ottawa County&rsquo;s Health Department</a>. She says the department does not take credit for the county&rsquo;s &ldquo;healthiest&rdquo; rating. Knoll says there are many organizations, churches and people working together to keep the community healthy.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Instead of standing like silos, each with our own agenda and our own territory. So that&rsquo;s not the environment here, that&rsquo;s not the culture here and I think that has stood us well in the struggles and with our health care.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The study was done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It looks at a number of measures that affect a community&rsquo;s health; how many people smoke, are overweight, and have access to fresh, healthy foods. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:52:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1853 at http://michiganradio.org Top 5 healthiest and unhealthiest counties in Michigan