Winona County is the sixth healthiest county among Minnesota's 87 counties.
That's according to a 2013 report prepared by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, which uses a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.
Among other counties in the Winona area, Olmsted County is the 17th healthiest, Fillmore County 20th, Houston County 28th, and Wabasha County ranks 40th.
Counties are ranked by health outcomes which include the rate of people dying before age 75, the percentage of people who report being in fair or poor health, and the rate of birth-weight infants.
Minnesota Health Commissioner, Dr. Ed Ehlringer, said by reporting the overall health of people in each county, the state can begin to understand how individual health is effected by where people live.
Ehlringer said Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the nation and local public health leadership is one reason why.