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New Hampshire is #2 in the America's Health Rankings 2011!

New Hampshire has moved up to the #2 position in the America's Health Rankings. Last year the State of New Hampshire made the #3 position. 

  • While smoking has decreased from 25.3 percent to 16.9 percent of the adult population in the last ten years. 174,000 adults still smoke in New Hampshire.
  • In the past year, the percentage of children in poverty decreased from 10.5 percent to 6.2 percent of persons under age 18.
  • In the past year, diabetes increased from 7.1 percent to 7.9 percent of the adult population. There are now 81,000 New Hampshire adults with diabetes.
  • In the past ten years, obesity increased from 18.1 percent to 25.5 percent of the adult population with 262,000 obese adults in the state.
  • Since 1990, the infant mortality rate decreased from 8.4 to 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births and is the lowest among all states.

 Strengths for the State of New Hampshire

  • Low percentage of children in poverty
  • Low violent crime rate
  • High use of early prenatal care
  • High immunization coverage

 Challenges for the State of New Hampshire

  • Moderate per capita public health funding
  • Moderate prevalence of binge drinking

State Health Department Web Site: www.dhhs.state.nh.us

 

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