A third of Indiana adults are obese despite most having access to a place to exercise


By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials say newly released county health rankings show three quarters of the state’s residents have adequate access to locations for physical activity, but nearly a third of its adults are obese.

The 2016 County Health Rankings were issued Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

They show the five healthiest counties in Indiana, in order, are Hamilton, Hendricks, Boone, Johnson and Hancock, all surrounding Indianapolis. The five in the poorest health all are rural and are, in order, Scott, Fayette, Starke, Grant and Sullivan counties.

The rankings compare counties on factors that influence health, including education, housing, jobs, smoking and access to healthy food and exercise opportunities.