Idaho is No. 12 on list of nation's healthiest states

December 13, 2013 

The 2013 America's Health Rankings rates each state based on a number of health-related factors.

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A low prevalence of smoking, a decrease in binge drinking and an increase in the high school graduation rate helped make Idaho the 12th healthiest state in the country, according to the 2013 America's Health Rankings report.

The report, compiled via a partnership of the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention, bases its rankings on an analysis of behaviors, public and health policies, community and environmental conditions, and clinical care data.

According to AmericasHealthRankings.org, Idaho's health strengths include a low prevalence of smoking, a low rate of preventable hospitalizations and a low prevalence of low birthweight. The state's health challenges include a limited availability of primary care physicians, low immunization coverage among children and adolescents, and a high incidence of pertussis infections.

The report also made a connection between the health of high school-educated residents versus those who didn't have a diploma. Fifty-four percent of adults 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher education reported their overall health as very good or excellent. That percentage was just 24.8 percent for adults who didn't have a high school diploma.

Read the report's full take on Idaho here.

The nation's healthiest states are concentrated in the west and northeast. Here are the top 10:

1. Hawaii

2. Vermont

3. Minnesota

4. Massachusetts

5. New Hampshire

6. Utah

7. Connecticut

8. Colorado

9. North Dakota

10. New Jersey

The least healthy states are Mississippi (50), Arkansas (49), Louisiana (48), Alabama (47) and West Virginia (46).

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