Study: Health is improving in Broome County

By Nicky Hickling

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM EDT

Broome County, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A new study showed Broome County has improved in health behaviors, clinical care and quality of life.

The study was conducted by the University of Wisconsin.

Despite improving numbers and statistics, Broome County had an overall ranking of 48th out of the 62 counties in the state, according to 2014 County Health Rankings.

"What changes that rate is health behaviors. Changes in health behaviors, things like reducing and eliminating smoking, things like getting out and getting physical exercise," said Claudia Edwards, Public Health Director at the Broome County Health Department.

Edwards says the county still has to work on obesity, smoking and infant mortality. She says life expectancy is holding the county back from rising in the ranking.

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