Nebraska Ranks 15th in Overall Health in 2012, up three spots from last year’s Rankings

United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Finds Nebraska Ranks 15th Compared With Overall Health of Other States

 Nebraska Ranks 15th in Overall Health in 2012, up three spots from last year’s RankingsVermont is the healthiest state for the 6th year in a row; Mississippi and Louisiana tie for lastNationwide, nearly 28 percent of the population is obese and  more than 26 percent get no exercise, resulting in increasing prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressureAmericans are living longer due to several medical advances, but unhealthy behavior and preventable illness threaten quality of life, according to United Health Foundation’s 2012 America’s Health Rankings®.
While premature, cardiovascular and cancer deaths have declined since 1990 by 18.0 percent, 34.6 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively, Americans are experiencing troubling levels of obesity (27.8 percent of the adult population), diabetes (9.5 percent of the adult population), high blood pressure (30.8 percent of the adult population) and sedentary behavior (26.2 percent of the adult population).
UnitedHealthcare watches America’s Health Rankings closely to better understand the health of individuals and communities nationwide and in Nebraska and has several programs in place designed to address these needs. Programs educate U.S. and Nebraska citizens on how to live healthy lives and empower individuals to advocate for public health improvement.
“America’s Health Rankings from United Health Foundation is an incredibly valuable tool for us to clearly understand health trends facing us as a nation and here in Nebraska,” said Daniel Clute, M.D., medical director, UnitedHealthcare of Nebraska. “By identifying the key opportunities we face as a state we can pursue innovative solutions to those opportunities.”
Nebraska’s Bill of Health
According to the 23rd Edition of America’s Health Rankings, Nebraska is 15th this year compared to 18th in 2011 when compared with the health of other states. This year’s report finds that, similar to every other state, Nebraska has its share of strengths and challenges.
Nebraska’s Strengths

High rate of high school graduation Few poor mental & physical health days per monthHigh immunization coverage 
Nebraska’s Challenges

High prevalence of binge drinkingHigh incidence of infectious diseaseHigh occupational fatalities rate