Henrico ranked 38th healthiest locality in Va.

Henrico residents are slightly more likely to be born underweight, grow up in single-parent households, suffer from obesity as adults and contract sexually transmitted infections than average Virginians, according to a national study released last month.

The fourth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps study rated Henrico as the 38th healthiest locality in Virginia, among 133 cities and counties analyzed. But the county trailed both the state averages and the national benchmarks in seven key categories, including low birthweight, adult obesity, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, sexually transmitted infections, children in single-parent households and number of fast-food restaurants per capita.

The study, conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, analyzed localities nationwide and rated the overall health of residents in each one according to two broad sets of standards: the length and quality of life of residents, and weighted health factors (behaviors, access to clinical care and the quality of that care, social and economic factors and the physical environment of each jurisdiction).

Henrico's results were mostly in line with Virginia averages, but the county's low birthweight average – 9.2 percent, compared with the state average of 8.3 percent and national benchmark of 6 percent – contributed to its 50th place ranking in the Morbidity category. Babies are classified as low-birthweight infants when born weighing less than 5 pounds 8 ounces.

Henrico's 29 percent obesity rate also exceeded the state average of 28 percent and national benchmark of 25 percent, while its physical inactivity rate (26 percent) also slightly exceeded the state and national standards. Henrico's excessive drinking rate (19 percent) outpaced Virginia's average of 16 percent and the national standard of just 7 percent.

One-third of children in the county live in a single-parent household, compared with 30 percent in Virginia overall and the national standard of 20 percent.

Virginia's largest locality – Fairfax County – also ranked as its healthiest, according to the report. Locally, Hanover County ranked 13th, Chesterfield County 22nd and the City of Richmond 121st.

Within the six categories, Henrico fared best in Clinical Care. Its rate of one physician for every 878 residents placed it far ahead of the state average (one for every 1,356 residents).

“Public health and the health care community play an important role in leading the way to sustaining healthy communities,” said State Health Commissioner Cynthia C. Romero. “But so much of what influences good health happens outside of the physician’s office. What we eat, the safety of our communities, how much family and social support we have and our level of education and understanding all influence our health and well-being.”
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27

The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair

Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21

Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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