Well, it's that time again. Trust for America's Health has released its annual public health data, and Mississippi's not looking so good.
I suppose you could put a positive spin on this and say that we're overachievers; Mississippi ranks #1 in the following areas:
Adult physical inactivity
Low birth weight babies
Percent living in poverty
Lowest percent of exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months
Worst median family income
We rank #2 in infant mortality per 1000 live births, chlamydia, and diabetes. Way to go, Mississippi!
Areas in which we are not so bad: AIDS, asthma, Alzheimer's, and tuberculosis.
Come ON, fellow Mississippians! Let's eat a few more fruits and vegetables (Crystal Springs tomatoes or Smith County watermelons, anyone?) this year -- we've already proven eating is our forte.