Nebraska rose one notch and again ranks in the top ten on the latest report that rates the states for their health and wellbeing.
Dr. Rhonda Randall, spokeswoman for the United Health Foundation, says the list is compiled by comparing 30 different criteria in four main categories: behaviors, community environment, public policy and the clinical care system.
“Nebraska ranks #10, last year they were ranked #11, and in 1990 when we began the report, they were ranked #5,” Dr. Randall says. “Nebraska has consistently been in the top 20 states over the course of the 25-year report.”
She says Nebraska had excellent showings in several categories this year.
“Nebraska is #1 in high school graduation and #2 in immunization coverage for children, so, very good news there,” Randall says. “Also, #3 for a low rate of drug deaths compared to the rest of the nation.”
Nebraska had a poor showing in rates of smoking, obesity and inactivity and Randall says there are a few other areas where the state could stand to improve.
“Twenty percent of the adult population, or one in five adults, is reporting they binge drink,” she says. “There’s a high incidence of salmonella which is a food-borne illness and a good indicator of infections related to contamination in our food.”
Hawaii ranked first this year, Mississippi was last.
See the full list of the rankings at: www.americashealthrankings.org