We must be doing something right: New Jersey is ranked as the 10th healthiest state this year, and New York isn’t far behind at number 15.
This week, the United Health Foundation in conjunction with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention published their 2013 health report, titled America’s Health Rankings®: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities.
This year’s study found that the nation as a whole is making considerable progress in their overall health. The most notable gains came in key behavioral measures, including smoking, physical activity and obesity. Overall, Hawaii is the healthiest state, while Mississippi ranked 50th.
New Jersey (10) and New York (15) did comparatively well in the rankings, but each had their share of strengths and challenges. For example, New Jersey’s overall rates of infectious disease, including rates of Chlamydia, Pertussis, and Salmonella, are lower than most other states. New York’s rate of obesity is the third lowest in the nation.
As for challenges, in New Jersey the prevalence of diabetes increased from 8.8 percent in 2012 to 9.3 percent this year while in New York 25% of children live in households with income at or below the poverty line. To see the Rankings in full and details on specific strengths and weaknesses in each state visit: www.americashealthrankings.org.
Since the United Health Foundation began publishing the rankings in 1990, both New York and New Jersey have made significant progress in their health. This annual report shows how important it is for public heath officials, health insurers, health care providers and community organizations to work collaboratively to help all individuals in New York and New Jersey live healthier lives.