Broome County has received its annual health rankings from New York State.

In 2018, Broome County ranks 53rd out of 62 total counties in the state in terms of overall health.

Last year the county ranked 56th.

The improvements from last year are attributed to a reduction of falls, childhood obesity, and the premature death rate.

Clinical Care ranks 16th out of 62 counties and Broome’s physical environment was ranked in the top 10 at number 8.

That statistic includes air and water quality along with housing and transit.

However, Broome has a very high rate of childhood poverty.

Public Health Director Rebecca Kaufman says the County has introduced a number of initiatives to get people to be more active.

“We’re always trying to make the healthy option the easy option.  We utilize grants to provide resources for people to get out and get active to help reduce the chronic disease rates in our county,” said Kaufman.

Broome County is encouraging people to start off with small changes like adjusting their eating habits and exercising more often.

Last year, County Executive Jason Garnar created a Get Healthy Broome Task Force that is working to improve health outcomes.