• Vt. drops to 2nd healthiest state
    December 12,2013


    BURLINGTON — Vermont has dropped to the second healthiest state in the country, after Hawaii, in a national ranking.

    America’s Health Ranking 2013 was released Wednesday.

    The Health Department says Vermont, long ranked as the healthiest state, had the highest rate of high school graduation and the second lowest rates of violent crime, premature death and the percentage of people who lack health insurance.

    Vermont also ranked high for its rate of obesity at 23.7 percent and diabetes at 7.3 percent and amount of physicians at 170 per 100,000 people.

    But the state ranked low in its childhood immunization rates, a statewide outbreak of whooping cough, and a greater prevalence of high-risk or binge drinking.

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