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Mississippi last in new health ranking

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Obesity and inactivity continue to plague Americans' health, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation. Those are still two of the major challenges in the state of Mississippi. Overall

, Mississippi ranks 50th in America's Health Rankings. However, the report also notes some improvements in the Magnolia State. 

The foundation lists three strengths in the state: 

  • We have a low prevalence of binge drinking. 
  • Mississippi has high immunization coverage for children
  • A Small disparity in health status by educational attainment. 

Areas needing improvement include lack of physical activity, as well as a 35% obesity rate in the population. 

Immunization of teenagers needs improvement, and despite improvement, we have a high rate of low birth weight babies born in the state. 

The rate of infant mortality has also decreased. 

The annual "America's Health Rankings" report is the nation's longest running, state-by-state snapshot of America's health. Nationwide, about a third of U-S adults said they were obese, and nearly a quarter said they hadn't had any physical activity or exercise within the past month. 

Hawaii came out on top as the nation's healthiest state.

Click here for the Full Report.

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