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United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Finds Preventable Chronic Disease on the Rise; Obesity, Diabetes Undermining Country’s Overall Health

December 12, 2011 Comments off

United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Finds Preventable Chronic Disease on the Rise; Obesity, Diabetes Undermining Country’s Overall Health</strong>
Source: United Health Foundation

United Health Foundation’s 2011 America’s Heath Rankings® finds that troubling increases in obesity, diabetes and children in poverty are offsetting improvements in smoking cessation, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths. The report finds that the country’s overall health did not improve between 2010 and 2011 – a drop from the 0.5 percent average annual rate of improvement between 2000 and 2010 and the 1.6 percent average annual rate of improvement seen in the 1990s.

For the fifth year in a row, Vermont is the nation’s healthiest state. States that showed the most substantial improvement include New York and New Jersey, both moving up six places, largely because of improvements made in smoking cessation. Idaho and Alaska showed the most downward movement. Idaho dropped 10 spots, from number nine to 19 in this year’s Rankings, and Alaska dropped five places.

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