Colorado is getting healthier, but struggles with binge drinking and high rate drug-related deaths, according to America’s Health Rankings report.
The state was ranked eighth healthiest state in 2013. Last year, Colorado was ranked ninth.
Colorado has the lowest obesity rate in the country. Other strengths include a low rate of preventable hospital visits, low levels of air pollution and low prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes.
Other challenges include: low immunization coverage and a high geographic disparity within the state.
Hawaii was ranked first, followed by Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mississippi was ranked the least healthy state.
The report is detailed and can be found here. States and years can be compared.
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