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December 2004 

America’s Health: State Health Rankings — 2004 

The United Health Foundation, in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention, recently released state health rankings for 2004. To print a complete copy of the report (122 pages) go to: The report has been published every year since 1990.

In order for you to interpret findings from the report I’ve summarized below, I’m listing a description for some of the risk factors and outcomes:

Infectious disease - # of AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis cases reported to CDC per 100,000 population.

Cardiovascular deaths - # deaths due to all cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, per 100,000 population.

Prevalence of obesity - % of population estimated to have a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.

Limited activity days - # of days in the previous 30 days a person indicated limited activities due to physical or mental difficulties.

Occupational fatalities - # of fatalities from occupational injuries per 100,000 workers.

Report highlights:

Source: United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention. America’s Health: State Health Rankings — 2004 Edition, ©2004 United Health Foundation, Nov. 2004.

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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