Thursday, December 13, 2012

Annual report ranks Colorado 11th in overall health

According to the 23rd annual report, “America’s Health Rankings:  A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities, Colorado ranks 11 in overall health, up from 14 in 2011. 

The annual report’s purpose is to educate Americans about their health and encourage them to take steps toward a healthier future.

The report, funded through the United Health Foundation, shows the following strengths and challenges for Colorado:

Lower prevalence of sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and diabetes than all other states
Low levels of air pollution
Low rate of preventable hospitalizations
High prevalence of binge drinking
Low immunization coverage
High geographic disparity within the state

To read the overview of Colorado’s rankings, go to America’s Health Rankings.

Read Health Policy Solutions' opinion piece from Dr. Bill Mandell, Medical Director for United Healthcare Colorado.

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