Health rankings released; Okla. moves up the list

Posted on: 5:24 pm, December 11, 2012, by

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OKLAHOMA CITY—A new study shows that Oklahomans are a little healthier than last year but bad habits could threaten the new ranking.

The United Health Foundation released the “America’s Health Rankings” Tuesday, which had a few surprises on the list.

According to the report, Oklahomans are living longer due to medical advances but unhealthy behavior is threatening our quality of life.

The findings show that preventable diseases, including obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are all too common in the Sooner State.

Oklahoma moved up three spots to number 43 on the list, while our infant mortality rate and the number of children living in poverty dropped.

For the sixth year in a row, Vermont is the nation’s healthiest state.

Mississippi and Louisiana are tied at the bottom of the list.