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December 13, 2011

Maryland ranks 22nd in state health report card

Maryland ranks 22nd among all states in overall health as it residents suffered with obesity, high infant mortality and other issues, according to new rankings.

Maryland's standing dropped one position from last year's America’s Health Rankings, released yesterday by the United Health Foundation in collaboration with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention.

When compared to other states Maryland's strengths included a low prevalance of smoking, low percentage of childhood poverty and easy access to primary care physicians. Challenges included a high violent crime rate, high infant mortality rate and high levels of air pollution.

U.S. health as a whole did not improve between 2010 and 2011, a marked drop from the average annual 1.6-percent rate of improvement seen in the 1990s. 2011 is the first year that no state had an obesity prevalence under 20 percent

Posted by Andrea Walker at 7:00 AM | | Comments (1)
        

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With Obamacare,things will only get worse. Maryland (Baltimore) will always have health issues as long as the Democrats continue to run things in this state. Maybe Martin O'Malley can fix things by raising our taxes or creating a new healthcare tax.

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About Picture of Health
Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.
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