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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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No. 1 Unhealthiest State (tie): Louisiana

Tied for last place is fellow southerner Louisiana, which had the unhealthy crown all to itself in 2011. Again, this struggling state has been in bottom three since 1990 and was in the bottom five for even more measures than fellow laggard Mississippi.

A laundry list of its problems include a high prevalence of obesity, a high rate of children in poverty, a high rate of low-birthweight infants, a high prevalence of diabetes, and a high rate of cardiovascular and cancer deaths. The obesity rate is over 33%, making for almost 1.2 million obese adults in the state.

You can read the full details about Louisiana here.

The Middle 40

Of course, these are just the extremes. Find out where your state falls by checking out the full rankings here. You also can get more information on national changes, as well as find out how to take action and make yourself, your state and your nation healthier all-around.

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