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Habits, not hospitals, affect counties’ health rankings
Visialia Times-Delta

Residents of the nation’s least healthy counties die at twice the rate of those living in their states’ healthiest counties, despite a major improvement in the rate of premature deaths, according to a national survey of county health statistics released Wednesday.

The full implementation next year of the 2010 health care law could improve health statistics overall, experts say, but real change in health statistics can come only if Americans start eating better and exercising more.

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