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Kansas gets middling grade in health ranking

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 11:51 a.m.

Kansas ranks 27th in overall health among all states, according to the latest America’s Health Rankings, an annual report by the United Health Foundation.

The report says that Kansas’ strengths are its low rate of drug deaths, high rate of high school graduation and few poor mental and physical health days each month.

The challenges Kansas faces include the high prevalence of obesity, low per capita public health funding and low rates of immunization for children.

Nationwide, Hawaii was ranked No. 1 in overall health. Mississippi ranked last.

United Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization associated United Health Care insurance company.

To see the full report and its rankings, visit www.americashealthrankings.org.

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