The mortality rate provides a general overview of a community's health. When people live healthy, active lifestyles and have access to health care, the mortality rate declines and life expectancy increases.
What are we measuring?
Age-adjusted mortality rates (deaths per 1,000 people).
Health is a complicated concept influenced by personal behavior, social and economic factors, access to health care, education, and the physical environment. The Thurston County Board of Health's Thurston Thrives initiative is engaging leaders from business, education, local government, neighborhoods, medical care organizations, and local nonprofits to identify ways to improve the health of residents in the Thurston region.
Building communities where residents can easily and safely travel to school, work, or shop without a car is one way local jurisdictions can promote healthy lifestyles. Auto-dependent development patterns inhibit active transportation — such as walking and biking — and promote sedentary lifestyles that contribute to increasing rates of obesity and other chronic health conditions.