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Minnesota is sixth healthiest state in U.S.

According to America’s Health Rankings in 2011, Minnesota ranks sixth healthiest state of the 50 in which to live, in a study presented by United Health Foundation.

Minnesota trails only Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.

At the bottom of the ranking is Mississippi, followed by Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Alabama.

The study notes four factors that contribute to our health, other than individual genetic predispositions to disease: “Our behaviors (smoking, drinking, drug abuse, etc.); the environment and the community in which we live; the public and health policies and practices of our health care and prevention systems; and the clinical care we receive.”

Minnesota’s overall health care facilities are without equal in most of the U.S. The lakes region has some of the finest medical facilities within 30 minutes of the Brainerd lakes area.

These health care facilities contribute significantly to the high ranking Minnesota has achieved.

Smoking, obesity and lack of physical exercise continue to plague most Americans, including Minnesotans.

Crow Wing County residents rank 64th, among the lowest in Minnesota’s counties, while Cass County ranks even lower at 84th and Aitkin County comes in at 36th.

It appears as though residents in the lakes area need to quit smoking, drop a few pounds or engage in more physical exercise in order to move up the rankings in 2012.

Which county is ranked the highest in citizen health? Steele County holds that distinction.

—Keith Hansen

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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