The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

World, nation, state

December 12, 2012

Ohio 35th in health

Too much smoking, too much air pollution in Buckeye State

Cincinnati — Ohio ranks in the middle of the pack in overall health in an annual study.   

The United Health Foundation lists Ohio as being 35th in the nation in its annual review, released Tuesday.

Michigan came in at No. 37, Indiana at No. 41, Kentucky at No. 44 and West Virginia at No. 47. Pennsylvania was 26th.

The study lists Ohio’s strengths as its immunization coverage and low workplace deaths. Its weaknesses include a high level of smoking, high air pollution and a high rate of preventable hospitalization.

The study found that Vermont and Hawaii are the healthiest states, while Mississippi and Louisiana tied for last.

The rankings are based on statistics from various government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the FBI, and a large phone survey.

 

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