5 Healthiest, Unhealthiest States for 2012

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No. 5 Healthiest State: Minnesota

Minnesota 5 Healthiest, Unhealthiest States for 2012Minnesota gained one spot to sneak into the top five this year. In fact, Minnesota actually ranks No. 1 for total health outcomes — a score than makes up 25% of the total ranking and includes number of poor physical health days, premature death and other factors.

Other strengths of the state include low prevalence of sedentary lifestyle (891,000 adults in the state) and diabetes (300,000 adults) along with a high rate of high school graduation. A sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks, though.

Minnesota is at the bottom of the totem pole for its rate of infectious disease, though, while per capita public health funding could be improved and binge drinking (defined as five drinks for a man and four for a woman on one occasion) could be lowered. In fact, funding fell from $62 per person to $43 in the last five years alone.

You can read the full details about Minnesota here.


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