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America's Healthiness Is Improving--But Slowly


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ACCORDING TO THE JUST-RELEASED 2010 "AMERICA'S HEALTH RANKINGS", THE NATION'S OVERALL HEALTH IMPROVED ONE PERCENTAGE-POINT LAST YEAR.  BUT, REDUCTIONS IN SMOKING, PREVENTABLE HOSPITALIZATIONS, AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE WERE OFFSET BY CONTINUED INCREASES IN OBESITY, CHILDREN IN POVERTY, AND LACK OF HEALTH-INSURANCE.  GIVEN THE INCREASING AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ESCALATION IN HEALTH-CARE COSTS, THIS SLOW IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHINESS SHOULD SOUND AN ALARM FOR URGENT ACTION BY STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES.  UNITED HEALTH FOUNDATION'S DOCTOR REED TUCKSON HAS MORE...

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"WELL, THE RANKINGS SHOW US, FIRST OF ALL, THAT--NO MATTER WHERE THE STATE IS IN THE RANKINGS--EVERY STATE HAS ITS SHARE OF SUCCESSES--AND EVERY STATE HAS ITS SHARE OF CHALLENGES.  HOWEVER, THE HEALTHIEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY, THIS YEAR, WAS VERMONT--AND THE STATE [THAT'S] STRUGGLING WITH THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IS THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION--INCLUDING THE FULL STATE-BY-STATE LISTINGS--VISIT "AMERICA'S-HEALTH-RANKINGS"-DOT-ORG.



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