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5 Healthiest, Unhealthiest States for 2012

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No. 1 Unhealthiest State (tie): Mississippi

Head back south to Mississippi and you’ll find the least healthy state — well, one of them. It tied for the undesired crown, ranking in the bottom five states for 12 of the report’s 24 measures.

Mississippi actually ranks dead last in the U.S. for sedentary lifestyle, obesity and diabetes. Other problem areas include a low high school graduation rate, limited availability of primary care physicians and a high prevalence of low-birthweight infants.

The state also has the highest teen birth rate in the entire country, the lowest level of physical activity and … well, you get the picture.

The plight of the state is hardly news, though. Mississippi has been in the bottom three since 1990 (it was the second-worst last year), with only a low prevalence of binge drinking and low violent crime rate to be proud of in 2012.

You can read the full details about Mississippi here.

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