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Oklahoma Improves in Health Ranking

By January 7, 2013

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We are still too fat, smoke too much and don't exercise nearly enough... And though it's far from something to get excited about, it's nevertheless nice to hear at least a little good news in regard to the health of Oklahomans. Long labeled one of the unhealthiest states, Oklahoma is making progress, according to a newly-released health ranking from the non-profit United Health Foundation.

The "America's Health Rankings" report, first published in 1990, ranks the 50 states based on a number of health measures, with data obtained from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Census Bureau and American Medical Association. Oklahoma came in at 49th just a couple of years ago, then ranked 46th in both 2010 and 2011. For 2012, that number improved to 43rd, our best showing since 2004. According to the breakdown, our rates of obesity, smoking and diabetes all decreased slightly last year, though all three areas are noted as "high" and continued "challenges" for the state. For example, Oklahoma's 31.1 percent obesity rate is nearly 7.5 percent higher than the report's healthiest state, Vermont. We have 8.3 percent more smokers than Vermont and 3.6 percent more with diabetes.


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