Colorado ranked the 16th healthiest state

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Colorado held on to its ranking as the16th healthiest state, but the overall health of the nation has declined by 0.3 percent this year, according to United Health Foundation’s 18th annual America’s Health Rankings report released today.

The report indicates that the nation’s health has slid because of increasing obesity and a higher number of uninsured people.

Colorado retained the same ranking from last year’s report and scored well for having a low prevalence of obesity and a low rate of cancer deaths and preventable hospitalizations. However, the state faired poorly in adequate access to prenatal care and has a relatively high number of uninsured people.

The healthiest states were Minnesota, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Connecticut. The least healthy states were Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Other findings from the report include:

Obesity has increased from 11.6 percent of the population in 1990 to more than 25 percent today. More than 55 million Americans are obese.

The number of Americans who are uninsured has increased from 13.4 percent in 1990 to 15.8 percent of the population today. Nearly 47 million Americans do not have health insurance. More than nine million of those are children.

The America’s Health Rankings report can be downloaded from United Health Foundation’s Web site.