By Andrew Sylvia
Middlesex County likes its fast food and drinking, but on the whole it appears healthier than the rest of Massachusetts and the rest of the nation on average.
That conclusion comes from a finding published in a recent study by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
There, Middlesex County was listed second overall in Massachusetts next to Dukes County.
While the advantage in most categories was only marginal compared to the rest of Massachusetts, Middlesex County had almost a thousand fewer premature deaths and half as many sexually transmitted infections as the state on average.
Still, when it comes to those sexually transmitted infections, Middlesex County had almost twice the rate of the national average, a trend that was comparable with the rest of the state with things like trips to fast food restaurants, violent crime and excessive drinking.
The study also looked at measures including adult obesity and insurance coverage, premature death and teen birth rates and the number of physicians and dentists per county resident, providing state and national benchmarks for comparison with the local numbers.
Overall, Hampden County was ranked least healthy in the state.