Oklahoma is among the Top 10 least healthy states in the nation, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation that looks at the healthy and not-so-healthy habits of people across the United States.
This year's report from "America's Health Rankings" found that MA has the highest concentration of mental health providers, the lowest obesity rate, more than 200 primary care physicians and more than 80 dentists per 100,000 residents.
For example, Massachusetts, the nation's healthiest state, has the highest concentration of mental health providers with more than 547 per 100,000 residents.
West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and MS rank as the least healthy. The report takes into account the number of mental health providers, dentists, and doctors per 100,000 people in their state.
That leaves the United States positioning 27th regarding future in a correlation of 35 nations, as indicated by the report.
Data used in the report is derived from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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MA saw a 69 percent increase in drug deaths - the fastest increase of any state this year as the nation battles a deadly opioid addiction epidemic.
"This report is vital for gauging how the health of each state's population changes by year and decade", the authors wrote in the report. The figures come courtesy of the annual America's Health Rankings report by the United Health Foundation.
Drug deaths increased by 7 percent within the past year while deaths from cardiovascular disease increased by 2 percent since 2015. Florida (No. 32) and Utah (No. 4) made the biggest improvements with an increase of four spots each. Utah improved its rankings in air pollution and immunization rates among young children. "Even the top US state in each of these measures ranks toward the bottom among OECD countries".
"We're spending more on health care and we die sooner", he said. It also ranked third in the subcategories of prevalence of health-promoting behaviors and a healthy community and environment.
MA for example, boasts 547.3 mental health providers per 100,000 people, compared to 47th ranked Alabama with 85 per 100,000.