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Show Me State climbs one spot to #39 in annual ranking of state health
June 20, 2014
How healthy is living in Missouri? The state is up one spot from the 2012 rankings, coming in as the 39th healthiest state to live in, according to the America’s Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Missouri was ranked #39
While the Show Me State faces some significant challenges – including one of the worst rates for deaths due to cardiovascular issues and a population with one of the highest rates of smoking – the state’s ranking did improve.
Factors moving the state forward included decreases in Missourians’ likelihood to smoke and binge drink and a 10-year decrease in the rate of cardiovascular deaths.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Missouri.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Missouri 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 Missouri here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Missouri, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.