United Health Foundation: NC is the 33rd healthiest state

United Health Foundation recently published America’s Health Rankings.  North Carolina is 33rd in the nation.  Here are the details:

Strengths

  • Low prevalence of excessive drinking
  • High percentage of high school graduation
  • High HPV immunization coverage among adolescent males

Challenges

  • High incidence of chlamydia
  • High percentage of uninsured population
  • High prevalence of low birthweight
Highlights
  • In the past three years, drug deaths increased 25% from 13.0 to 16.2 deaths per 100,000 population
  • In the past five years, high school graduation increased 10% from 78.0% to 85.9% of students
  • In the past five years, obesity increased 8% from 29.6% to 32.1% of adults
  • In the past five years, smoking decreased 18% from 20.9% to 17.2% of adults
  • In the past five years, children in poverty decreased 18% from 26.0% to 21.2% of children aged 0 to 17
  • In the past three years, premature death increased 8% from 7,604 to 8,177 years lost before age 75 per 100,000 population
  • In the past three years, drug deaths increased 25% from 13.0 to 16.2 deaths per 100,000 population
  • In the past five years, high school graduation increased 10% from 78.0% to 85.9% of students
  • In the past five years, obesity increased 8% from 29.6% to 32.1% of adults
  • In the past five years, smoking decreased 18% from 20.9% to 17.2% of adults
  • In the past five years, children in poverty decreased 18% from 26.0% to 21.2% of children aged 0 to 17
  • In the past three years, premature death increased 8% from 7,604 to 8,177 years lost before age 75 per 100,000 population

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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