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New Mexico is America's 36th healthiest state, report says

Danielle Todesco
December 13, 2017 06:25 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new study from the United Health Foundation says New Mexico ranks as the 36th healthiest state in the country.

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It's some good news for the state. According to the report, New Mexico's percentage of children in poverty has decreased by at least nine percentage points in the last five years. New Mexico also saw a big drop in the percentage of people without health insurance.

New Mexico also saw a big drop in the percentage of people without health insurance and ranks in the top five for having the lowest air pollution, but the state ranked among the worst for premature death and drug deaths.

The study also looked at education rates because it found people with more education tend to have fewer health problems. New Mexico ranked close to last for the percentage of people with a high school diploma at just under 70 percent graduating.

Massachusetts has been named America's healthiest state in the report, taking the top spot because of its low uninsured population, low obesity rates, and the high number of mental health providers. Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut rounded out the top five.

The lowest ranked states were Louisiana and Mississippi. Both have a high prevalence of smoking.

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