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5 Healthiest, Unhealthiest States for 2012

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No. 3 Unhealthiest State: Arkansas

Southern state Arkansas slipped one spot to the make the bottom three this year. Almost 700,000 adults in the state are obese, which is around the same number that live a sedentary lifestyle — the state is the 44th-worst for each statistic.

The third highest rate of smoking and a high number of children in poverty also weigh on the state’s shoulders. A whopping 27% of the adult population smokes, while the percentage of children in poverty climbed from just more than 21% to over 25% in the past year alone.

A few bright spots: Arkansas at least has moderate immunization coverage and per capita health funding. It also has a low rate of binge drinking. The rates of preventable hospitalizations and infant mortality also have been decreasing, but the state still lags behind others for those numbers.

You can read the full details about Arkansas here.

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