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Solutions to health rankings in Escambia County

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  --   We told you yesterday that Escambia County ranks near the bottom of a list ranking Florida counties on health.

A local organization - The Partnership for a Healthy Community - says if we change three things we'll improve our ranking.
Those factors are tobacco use, unhealthy weight and improper use of emergency rooms.
The Partnership's director says, those behaviors are costing people and businesses more than one billion dollars a year.
David Sjoberg: "If we can make some inroads and decide as a community that we want to make a difference and improve our health to some extent then that kind of expense becomes something that goes back into the community."

The Partnership is developing some short-term strategies for dealing with the problems.

They plan to release their report this summer.