Healthy States Named And You Won’t Believe Where CT Ranks!

Healthy States Named And You Won’t Believe Where CT Ranks!
1 comment, 12/12/2013, by , in EATS, LOCAL

The United Health Foundation released their 2013 America’s Health Rankings on Wednesday and Connecticut came in 7th!

The rankings cover a bunch of different factors including obesity, diabetes, smoking and physical activity levels. Then through some algorithm I would never understand they determine each states rankings.

Ranking in the Top 10 is pretty solid. Only six states are healthier than us! They are Utah(6), New Hampshire(5), Massachusetts(4), Minnesota(3), Vermont(2) and Hawaii at Number 1. Not a bad showing by New England, right? Mississippi came in dead last.

Here are a few notes highs and lows for CT:
Strengths:

Low prevalence of smoking

Low incidence of infectious diseases

High immunization coverage among children & adolescents

Challenges:

Moderate prevalence of binge drinking

Low high school graduation rate

Large disparity in health status by educational attainment

 

While we don’t smoke too much here in CT we have seen our physical activity drop quite a bit. So get off the couch this weekend and let’s see if we can’t crack the Top 5!

 

Via CTPost

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