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New Group Wants To Improve Oregonian Lifestyle


Twenty-seven people from Klamath Falls came to the Oregon Healthiest State conference, in the hope of making their town healthier. Klamath County ranks 33rd out of Oregon's 36 counties for the health of its residents.

Twenty-seven people from Klamath Falls came to the Oregon Healthiest State conference, in the hope of making their town healthier. Klamath County ranks 33rd out of Oregon's 36 counties for the health of its residents.

Kristian Foden-Vencil

According to the Gallup-Healthways ranking, Oregonians are the 25th healthiest people in the nation.

A new Oregon non-profit kicked off a campaign Thursday to better that ranking - by improving your lifestyle.

Oregon Healthiest State has lots of plans. It wants to get you out of your car by improving bike lanes and walkways. And it wants you to eat healthier and be able to more easily buy wholesome foods.

A similar effort helped Iowa improve its health ranking from 19th to 9th — and that state has now challenged Oregon to do the same.

“We accept the challenge from Governor Branstad and I’m 100 percent sure that we’re going to be able to make sure and make it happen,” said Governor John Kitzhaber.

Experts agree only 10 percent of your health can be linked to the care you get from your doctor. Thirty percent is genetic; 15 percent is linked to income; and 5 percent is a result of your environment, like whether you live next to a coal plant or a park.

But the lion’s share of your health — a full 40 percent — is linked to lifestyle -  whether you smoke, eat junk food or view exercise as a trip between the couch and the TV.

 

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