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NH Moves to No. 2 in Health Rankings

We still smoke too much, drink too much and don't spend enough of public health, but hey – we're No. 2, up one from No. 3.

New Hampshire has placed No. 2 in the nation in this year's United Health Foundation annual America's Health Rankings, moving up one spot from its position the previous year.

There were ups and downs, but overall, New Hampshire is moving in the right direction.

Among New Hampshire highlights:

  • Low percentage of children living in poverty (down, from 10.5 to 6.2 under age 18)
  • Infant mortality rate is down, from 5.7 in 2010 to 4.7 in 2011. Since 1990, the infant mortality rate decreased from 8.4 to 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births and is the lowest among all states.
  • While smoking has decreased, from 25.3 percent to 16.9 percent of the adult population in the last 10 years, 174,000 adults still smoke in New Hampshire.
  • In the past year, diabetes increased from 7.1 percent to 7.9 percent of the adult population. There are now 81,000 New Hampshire adults with diabetes.
  • In the past 10 years, obesity increased from 18.1 percent to 25.5 percent of the adult population, with 262,000 obese adults in the state.

For a look at the full report, click here.

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