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5 Healthiest, Unhealthiest States for 2012

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No. 4 Healthiest State: Massachusetts

Moving up three spots to No. 4 is Massachusetts. Up north, improving rates of uninsured peoples helped the state climb some in the rankings, as the rate fell from 9.8% to 4.5% during the past five years. Other bright spots: Low occupational fatalities, ready availability of primary care physicians and one of the lowest obesity rates in the country.

The state makes the not-top-10 for its rate of binge drinking. More than 20% of the population 18 and older reported excessive drinking during the 30 days before the survey compared to under 18% last year. That made for the largest year-over-year gain in at least the last decade.

Violent crime and preventable hospitalizations were other areas that could improve, but, all in all, Massachusetts is looking healthy as a horse.

You can read the full details about Massachusetts here.

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