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Report: St. Johns County Is Florida's Healthiest County

A male doctor in  a white lab coat uses a stethoscope to check a male patient's heart.
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A new report says St. Johns County near Jacksonville is the healthiest county in Florida, while Gadsden County in the Panhandle is ranked at the bottom.
The report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin compares health differences among counties.

It's the fifth consecutive year St. Johns' has earned the top ranking. 

The variables used for the rankings include access to health care, health behaviors, such as diet and exercise, and social factors like a county's unemployment rate.

The Florida counties with the worst health prospects were primarily in the Panhandle.

Those with the best health prospects were located primarily in northeast Florida, the southwest Gulf Coast and the Treasure Coast.