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America's Health

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Juilian Omidi discusses why America’s health is still facing many challenges according to America’s Health Rankings 2014. The report provides an overview of the nation’s health and ranks them by states.

Health and Ranking by State

The most significant changes in the report indicate that obesity has increased by 3 percent and physical inactivity has increased from 22.9 percent to 23.5 percent from the previous year. Smoking continues its downward trend, declining 3 percent compared to the previous year, infant mortality decreased by 4 percent and immunization increased by 5 percent.

Obesity Has Doubled Since 1990

Since these reports were published 25 years ago, America’s health has changed considerably. Life expectancy is at 78.8 years, an all-time high, infant mortality has decreased by 41 percent and premature death has decreased by 20 percent. However, obesity has doubled since 1990 from 11.6 to 29.4 percent, and diabetes has also doubled since 1996 to its current rate of 9.6 percent.

Healthiest State in the United States: Hawaii

Hawaii ranks as the healthiest state followed by Vermont and Massachusetts while Mississippi ranks last followed by Arkansas and Louisiana. Hawaii’s top ranking is based on the low prevalence of smoking, obesity and children living in poverty, as well as low rates of hospitalization, cancer and cardiovascular deaths.

No More Poverty and its co-founder Julian Omidi are encouraged by the health gains in the nation.

“This report provides an important reminder that we are making progress but there are still more areas where we can improve, particularly with preventable diseases” says Julian Omidi.

For 25 years, America’s Health Rankings has been published annually by the United Health Foundation in partnership with American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. The report uses health, environmental and socioeconomic data to provide a comprehensive analysis on America’s health. For a complete report visit:
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