Nationwide health rankings show Shasta County residents drink and smoke more than average, and we die younger. The study by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation measures various factors to determine its rankings, which place Shasta County's problematic health at number 50 out of the state's 57 counties. Part of it is a matter of perspective, as it measures the number of people who report poor physical or mental health on any given day. Shasta County is higher than the state average for high school graduates, and for those with some college education. Shasta County Public Health officials say they're encouraged by the fact that our biggest problems are things we can choose to control, such as getting more exercise and drinking less alcohol.