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5 Healthiest, Unhealthiest States for 2012

Find out how your state stacks up in the annual rankings

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It’s that time of the year.

The annual report that I’m sure you’ve been waiting forAmerica’s Health Rankings — has been released … and it came with a lot to smile about.

Overall, the U.S. has enjoyed a decline in air pollution, occupational fatalities, infectious disease, infant mortality, premature death, cardiovascular deaths, cancer deaths and violent crime.

Of course, it wasn’t all good news; there were also more children in poverty, and the rate of uninsured folks remains around 15% higher than it was a decade ago.

And despite American per capita healthcare spending that leads the world, health in the U.S. as a whole continues to lag behind other developing countries — particularly in terms of life expectancy and infant mortality rates. Health inequality also is one of the highest among developed nations.

Still, some states in the U.S. are exceptionally healthy … and, of course, a few lag behind. Let’s take a look at the five best and five worst places in terms of health here at home:

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