NH Ranks #3 Healthiest State

joseNH ranks third among the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to Trust for America’s Health report. The report, A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities looked at various health indicators, such as obesity and smoking rates.
Some of New Hampshire’s strengths are a low sedentary lifestyle rate, low incidence of infectious disease, and a low rate of children in poverty. NH also has a decline in the infant mortality rate from 8.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 4.4 in 2012 and a decrease in the number of smokers.
“We are lucky to be living in such a healthy state,” said Dr.Jose Montero, Public Health Director at DHHS, “but there is more work to be done. Our obesity rate continues to climb and we can do better on our cancer and diabetes rates.”
Last year New Hampshire was ranked second, and in 2010, the State ranked third.

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