The State of Our Health

Americans are 19% healthier now than in 1990, according to the United Health Foundation. Fewer people smoke; more are immunized. But before we drink to our health, keep in mind that as a nation, we're also 110% fatter, and 19% more of us have no health insurance. Plus, healthiness varies dramatically by state. In the map below, each state's score is based on assessments of 12 health determinants, such as child poverty, and six outcomes, such as infant mortality. This year--as in 10 past years--Minnesota is No. 1. The question, the authors ask: Now that you know your rank, what will...

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