Submitted by Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications
Washington ranks as the ninth healthiest state in the nation this year, leading the way for the Pacific Northwest, according to the annual “America’s Health Rankings” report from the United Health Foundation. To contribute to the high score, there was a low premature death rate, as well as prevalence of physical inactivity and low birth weights. However, challenges remain, such as low Tdap immunization coverage among adolescents and a high incidence of pertussis.
For all states, rankings are based on four determinants that directly influence health outcomes: behaviors, community and environment, policy and clinical care. Washington scored five out of five stars in behaviors, clinical care and outcomes.
Washington ranks in the top three of all states for physical inactivity, occupational fatalities and low birth weight. There has also been an increase in high school graduates throughout the past five years, which could affect health.
Topping the list as the healthiest states in the country this year are Hawaii (No. 1), Massachusetts (No. 2) and Connecticut (No. 3), while the states with the greatest opportunity for improvement are Louisiana (No. 50), Mississippi (No. 49) and Alabama (No. 48).
For more information and the full report, visit www.americashealthrankings.org.