It might surprise you to learn Sangamon County ranked 80th out of 102 Illinois counties when it pertains to health outcomes. That's according to a survey by the County Health Rankings and Roadmap program.
After all, Springfield is known for quality medical care. But apparently, more work can be done.
Despite health initiatives and efforts to get kids fit and active, the percentage of obese and overweight students in Springfield's district 186 may surprise you. Locally, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is studying those rates in certain classrooms, and helping implement a national program meant to curb the trend. We recently spoke with Dr. David Steward about it, he is the associate dean for community health and service at SIU School of Medicine: