Friday, December 5, 2008

News You Can Use: U.S. health rankings score bragging rights for small states

Congratulations, Vermont, Hawaii and New Hampshire – you’re the top three healthiest states in the nation this year. Sorry, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina – you’re the bottom three states, according to “America’s Health Rankings,” a report from the United Health Foundation.

Curious about where your state falls in the rankings? Find the full list here. The rankings weigh a number of health metrics, such as the infant mortality rate, prevalence of obesity, smoking rate, access to prenatal care, proportion of uninsured residents and prevalence of binge drinking.

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