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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Uh Oh: Mississippi's Health Rankings.

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 obesity
Childhood obesity
Adult physical inactivity
Low birth weight babies
Preterm labor
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.

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