BY BOB HOLT
New Jersey is in good standing among the healthiest states in the country, but we still have room to improve.
Despite its progress, New Jersey has dropped out of the top ten among the United Health Foundation’s healthiest states.
New Jersey came in at number 11 in the UHF’s rankings of healthiest states. That was largely caused by an increase in obesity and a lack of physical activity. “Twenty-four percent of the population in New Jersey gets no exercise other than getting up and going to work,” said UHF member Dr. Reed Tuckson, according to nj1015.com.
The state came in 27th in the US in terms of physical activity. According to the report, New Jersey is facing other problems.
NJ.com reports that drug deaths in New Jersey have increased to national levels of about 13 for every 100,000 of the population. Also, New Jersey has not made enough progress in improvements for adolescent immunizations.
According to americashealthrankings.org., there is a high prevalence of low birthweights in New Jersey, and there is a large disparity in the health status of state residents based on the level of education they have reached.