Colorado drops in annual health rankings

Colorado drops in annual health rankings
Posted at 7:59 AM, Dec 15, 2016

DENVER -- Colorado has dropped two spots in an annual report on health.

Last year, America's Health Rankings ranked Colorado as the eighth healthiest state. This year, Colorado has dropped to number 10.

Colorado is number one in the country for having a low percentage of people who are obese (20.2 percent) and a low percentage of people who are physically inactive (17.9 percent).

Colorado has the lowest rate of diabetes per capita in the country at 6.8 percent, the second lowest number of cardiovascular deaths and the third lowest number of cancer deaths.

However, 23.8 percent of High School students don't graduate in Colorado, 19.1 percent of people drink excessively and Colorado has have a high rate of whooping cough cases when compared to other states.

Each year, the United Health Foundation analyzes behaviors, public and health policies, community and environmental conditions, and clinical care data to provide its annual health rankings, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

Read the report on Colorado.


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