Connecticut is the Seventh-Healthiest State, According to Annual Report

Dec 11, 2013

Lake McDonough Reservoir in Connecticut, seen from the Tunxis Trail Overlook Spur in Barkhamsted.
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Connecticut was touted in the report for the low number of Nutmeggers who smoke; but CT was one of the worst states for high school graduation rates.
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Connecticut has slipped from sixth to seventh place in this year's America's Health Rankings, according to the United Health Foundation, which issues an annual report. 

A broad range of health measures are factored in when compiling the rankings -- things like public and health policies, environmental conditions, and clinical care data.

Connecticut got high marks for immunizing children and adolescents, access to health insurance, the low number of smokers, and the low number of premature deaths.

But Connecticut found itself near the bottom of the list when it comes to binge drinking, high school graduation rates, funding for public health initiatives, and the disparity in health status between poor and more affluent citizens.