United Health Foundation released the 27th America’s Health Rankings Annual Report. As the longest-running annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis, the report highlights positive trends in the health of the nation as well as concerning upticks in several key indicators.
New Jersey is the 9th healthiest state in the nation – up from #11 last year. Also of note, New Jersey has the third lowest adult smoking rate in the nation – 13.5%, compared to the 17.5% national average.
Among the report’s findings:
- The report found a continued high prevalence of obesity in the U.S. population. Obesity impacts nearly 3 out of 10 U.S. adults across the country; in New Jersey, obesity impacts 25.6% percent of adults – compared to 29.8 percent nationally.
- The report also found the rate of drug deaths nationwide has increased 4 percent in the past year, for a nationwide average of 14 deaths per 100,000 population. New Jersey’s rate mirrors the national average.
The full report can be found at the America’s Health Rankings website.