Health is more than weight, says Alyssa Smith, whose job will be to rally community organizations around a series of new goals ranging from housing issues to lowering the suicide rate. That is, a healthier community is more than one where a majority of the population is physically fit according to traditional, clinical measures. Smith…

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  Rowan County has made remarkable strides recently in addressing health issues, rising from 73rd to 62nd in health outcomes calculated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Compared to the state’s 99 other counties on medical care, access to healthy food and exercise, housing, education and jobs,…

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SALISBURY — Rowan County is now rated 62nd in terms of health outcomes among North Carolina’s 100 counties. In 2017, Rowan was listed at No. 73, meaning the county has improved in a variety of factors that increase both length and quality of life. The findings come from the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released…

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