Healthiest & Least Healthy States

  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 18, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    I am not one bit surprised that the five unhealthiest states are in the South, in the ultra-conservative bible belt. I would like to know where in these rankings both New York and Pennsylvania would fall in terms of healthiest states.
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    Nov 18, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidI am not one bit surprised that the five unhealthiest states are in the South, in the ultra-conservative bible belt. I would like to know where in these rankings both New York and Pennsylvania would fall in terms of healthiest states.


    New york is #25
    Pennsylvania is #28

    (and Austin TX won an award for being the most awesome city in the world icon_cool.gif)
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 18, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    Thank you for letting me know about the healthiest state rankings for both New York and Pennsylvania. It is good that they are both in the middle but there is much room for improvement in both New York and Pennsylvania. At least they are not the worst ranked. As for your wise ass comment about Austin, Texas I am afraid you have that all wrong. But that is irrelevant and I am not going there. Lets stick to the subject at hand please.
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    Nov 18, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    http://health.yahoo.com/featured/67/the-healthiest-and-unhealthiest-states/

    Vermont ranked first this year thanks in part to its low rate of obesity, high number of doctors and a low rate of child poverty. New England in general sets a benchmark for the country, the report found: All six New England states are in the top 10. These states have favorable demographics and an excellent public health infrastructure, including a large number of doctors per capita.

    Eight of the 10 bottom-ranked states are from the south, with Mississippi coming in dead last for the ninth consecutive year. Mississippi has a sky-high death rate from heart disease and high infant mortality. In general, residents of these states are more likely to be smokers or to be obese, the report found. They also have worse health insurance coverage, fewer physicians per capita and live in areas with high violent crime and more child poverty.

    TOP 5
    1 Vermont
    2 Utah
    3 Massachusetts
    4 Hawai'i
    5 New Hampshire

    Bottom 5
    46 South Carolina
    47 Louisiana
    48 Alabama
    49 Oklahoma
    50 Mississippi
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    Nov 18, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    WOOOOO! Colorado is 8! GO BRONCOS! icon_evil.gif
  • RSportsguy

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    Nov 19, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    Wow! I thought Michigan would have made the bottom 5!! The way this economy is going, we will probably be there soon!! icon_cry.gif
  • gymlocker

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    Nov 19, 2009 5:34 AM GMT
    Red States=unhealthy
    Blue States=healthy

    Blue states believe in spending their money to educate people and help them live healthy productive lives. Red states fight expenditures that don't benefit the Republican base and that promotes ignorance and unhealthy lifestyles. Utah is an exception because of young populations and the reduced alcoholism, which is a big contributor to unhealthy living,

    Instead of taxbreaks and welfare for corporations, it's amazing what spending extra money on education, health care, and social services can buy you.
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    Nov 19, 2009 6:30 AM GMT
    Greetings from Butthole, Louisiana, the porkrind capital of the world. Got a light? icon_neutral.gif