- Study from University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Measures health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington County has been named Virginia's second healthiest county in the 2012 County Health Rankings, released Tuesday. Fairfax County was ranked the healthiest County in the Commonwealth.
The rankings, created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, rank the health of nearly every county in the nation. The rankings measure health in four categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.
“Arlington County works hard to promote a healthy way of living, and to provide residents with options that make it easier to stay healthy and fit,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “It's no secret that Arlington's transit-oriented development encourages people to opt for biking, walking or taking transit to get around when it makes sense for them.. We've invested in many miles of bike routes and walkable sidewalks and we provide great public urban plazas and open spaces that encourage folks to get out and move. Our wide range of recreational activities also helps people of all ages and abilities take advantage of all Arlington has to offer. Obviously, Arlingtonians are putting these amenities and programs to good use.”
Arlington County has a number of initiatives that promote a healthy community:
- FitArlington promotes a culture of fitness by encouraging physical activity and active living
- BikeArlington is responsible for one hundred miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, and designated bike routes to make it easy for cyclists to get where they need to go. BikeArlington's goal is to get more Arlingtonians biking more often, whether they're commuting, shopping, or just having fun.
- WalkArlington partners with citizens, businesses, and County departments to promote the health, environmental, commuter, financial, and community-building benefits of walking. WalkArlington strives to “get more people walking more of the time.”
- Partnerships for a Healthier Arlington is a community-wide initiative that has identified the strategic initiatives of 1) access to healthcare, 2) prevention of chronic disease, and 3) prevention of communicable disease as areas where the public health system can focus efforts to address community needs.