Iowa health insurance
Hawkeye State drops another spot to #18 – state's lowest ranking in 24 years
How healthy is living in Iowa? The state is now ranked 18th – falling one spot for the third year in a row, according to the 2013 America’s Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation. It’s the state’s lowest rank in the 24-year history of these rankings.
Why Iowa was ranked #18
The state’s ranking was hurt by factors that included a high prevalence of obesity. More than 700,000 Iowans are categorized as obese, with 530,000 adults reported as “physically inactive.” In the past year, the prevalence of diabetes among Iowans increased from 8.2 percent to 9.7 percent of adults.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Iowa.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Iowa health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Iowa here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Iowa, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.