Nebraska ranks in the top ten healthiest states in the country in the latest America’s Health Rankings report.
Dr. Rhonda Randall, spokeswoman for the United Health Foundation, says Nebraska placed 10th among the 50 states this year, the same place the state was last year.
“Things that Nebraska is particularly strong at include high high school graduation rates,” Dr. Randall says. “Nebraska is ranked 2nd for that measure. About 88.5% of students finish high school, that’s great news. There’s also a low prevalence of low birthweight babies and few poor mental health days.”
The report is composed from a host of data in 34 different categories. While Nebraska’s ranked in the top ten the past two years, she says there’s room for improvement.
“Challenges for Nebraska include a high prevalence of excessive drinking, and a large disparity in health status by education levels,” Randall says. “So, although the high school graduation rate is really good, those who don’t graduate from high school have worse health than those who do. And there’s a low immunization coverage among adolescents, particularly for the tetanus, diptheria and polio vaccinations.”
The report is divided into four main categories: behavior, community and environment, policy, and clinical care.