Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe counties are edging up the health ladder, according to a County Health Ranking study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute that measured health ouitcomes and health factors in 2010, 2011 and this year. Here are the numbers:

Health Outcomes, or how healthy a county is, includes mortality (length of life), premature death, morbidity (quality of life), poor or fair health, poor physical or mental health days and low birthweight.

CARBON COUNTY:

2012: 49th of 67 counties;

2011: 58th of 67 counties;

2010: 56th of 67 counties.

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY:

2012: 57th of 67 counties;

2011: 56th of 67 counties;

2010: 60th of 67 counties.

MONROE COUNTY:

2012: 36th of 67 counties;

2011: 41st of 67 counties;

2010: 46th of 67 counties.

Health Factors, or what influences the health of the county, includes health behaviors (30 percent of the ranking), such as smoking, obesity, excessive drinking, inactivity and sexually transmitted infections. It also includes clinical care (20 percent of the ranking), whether residents have health insurance, primary care physicians, diabetic and mammography screenings. The ca tegory includes social and economic factors (40 percent of the ranking), such as level of education, employment, violent crime rates and the number of children living in poverty. The category also includes the physical environment (10 percent of the ranking), such as air quality, access to recreation and healthy foods, and the numbers of fast food restaurants.

CARBON COUNTY:

2012: 61st of 67 counties;

2011: 53rd of 67 counties;

2010: 62nd of 67 counties.

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY:

2012: 59th of 67 counties;

2011: 61st of 67 counties;

2010: 60th of 67 counties.

MONROE COUNTY:

2012: 40th of 67 counties;

2011: 37th of 67 counties;

2010: 40th of 67 counties.