U-T San Diego: Health report ranks CA 21st in nation

By Paul Sisson

Though Californians are more physically active than their peers in other states, obesity is on the rise, according to a nationwide health report released Tuesday by the nonprofit United Health Foundation.

The 24th annual “America’s Health Rankings” report for 2013 examines a range of publicly available government data to rank states across 31 categories, from smoking and drug deaths to infant mortality and diabetes.

California ranked 21st in the nation for its overall health, one spot better than it did in 2012.

California ranked second in the nation for its smoking rate, reprising high rankings from previous years, and for having low numbers of infant mortalities, cancer deaths and premature deaths. The report also ranked California sixth in the nation for having low levels of physical inactivity.

But the state ranked last in the nation for its high levels of air pollution and for a comparatively low level of immunization, with only 66.8 percent of children in the state immunized compared with 82 percent in Rhode Island.

“What’s dragging California down in the rankings is the high levels of air pollution, a high percentage of uninsured population and low immunization rates,” said Lauren Mihajlov, a spokeswoman for United Health Group.

Continue reading here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/10/health-report-united-california/

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