Kanawha County Ranks Toward Bottom on Healthy Counties List

Feeling healthy? Where Kanawha County landed in just a second, but first the news that Pleasants County is West Virginia's healthiest county. A report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin researchers ranks the state's 55 counties by several health factors such as smoking, drinking, obesity, premature deaths, and other areas including education, access to health care and unemployment. Pleasants County jumped to first this year from seventh in last year's study, overtaking Monongalia County, which slipped to second. Kanawha County ranked 37th, Cabell County was listed as 42nd and Putnam County as 12th. McDowell County ranked last for the fifth straight year.