2012-12-20 / News

R.I. named 10th healthiest state in country

Rhode Island is the 10th healthiest state in the nation, according to the recently released report by America’s Health Rankings. Rhode Island’s status jumped three spots for last year.

According to the report, the state’s strengths include its high immunization coverage and availability of primary care physicians.

“We applaud our partners and the primary care community for helping to make Rhode Island a healthy and safe place to live, learn, work and play,” said Dr. Michael Fine, director of the state Department of Health. “We are pleased by these steps forward for Rhode Island’s health, but we are also reminded of the work that will help us get to number one.”

That work will include addressing Rhode Island’s health challenges. According to the report, these challenges include binge drinking and preventable hospitalizations. In addition, Rhode Islanders report many days of poor mental and physical health per month.

The state health rankings include statewide population health indicators, as well as information on health disparities among different groups. In Rhode Island, both obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, which is defined as not doing any physical activity outside of work for the last 30 days, are more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks than non-Hispanic whites. Meanwhile, smoking is more prevalent among non-Hispanic whites than Hispanics.

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