According to the 'Healthiest State Rankings of 2012' report released by UnitedHealth Group's nonprofit , the United Health Foundation, the healthiest state - for the second year in a row - is Vermont.
The unhealthiest? Mississippi and Louisiana.
The report also contains some important health data. The good news is that Americans are dying less from cancer. Heart-related deaths are also on the decline. The bad news is that we are, as a whole, bigger. 27.8% of all Americans are obese. 26.2% lead sedentary lifestyles.
So, where does Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey rank on this list?
Congratulations to a healthier New Jersey. the Garden State has moved up the ranks to #8. In 2011, they were ranked as #17.
Pennsylvania and Delaware are ranked 26th and 31st respectively.
The rankings are based on a telephone interview. data collected focused on: smoking, binge drinking, obesity, high school graduation rates, sedentary lifestyle, children in poverty, infectious disease cases, air pollution, violent crime, health insurance, immunizations, primary care doctors, hospitalizations, and rate of conditions and deaths, such as cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
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Keep the rain gear and jackets handy for your Friday evening out. A bit messy, unfortunately, for First Friday activities. Rain will change to a wintry mix tonight in the Poconos with a light slushy accumulation overnight.
We receive a dry break on Saturday, and the chance of a Sunday wintry mix into the afternoon and evening. A light coating could occur for some before a changeover to rain. A challenging trip to and from the Linc for the Eagles game!