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