Reuters.com released the United Health Organizations annual state-by-state report ranking America's health. New Jersey ranked fourteen this year, up one from 2005.
The report weighed such factors as prevalence of obesity, smoking, infectious disease, cardiovascular deaths, infant mortality, child poverty, immunization rates, workplace deaths and auto deaths in determining rankings.
Overall, Americans were healthier in 2006, but continue to lag behind many other nations in infant mortality.
New Jersey's strengths included low percentage of children in poverty, high rate of high school graduation, low prevalence of smoking and low infant mortality rate. Challenges for New Jersey are limited access to prenatal health care and high incidence of infectious diseases.
Minnesota ranked as the healthiest state and Louisiana came in last. Read full report...