Colorado ranked ninth-healthiest state

Colorado moved up four spots from last year and is the ninth-healthiest state in the nation, according to the 2011 America’s Health Rankings.

The United Health Foundation released the annual ranking Tuesday in collaboration with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. States are rated based on health, environmental and socioeconomic data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Census Bureau and other sources, according to a news release.

Vermont was the healthiest state in the ranking for the fifth consecutive year.

Colorado ranked No. 1 in the nation for lowest adult-obesity rate at 21.4 percent, and it was No. 2 for lowest prevalence of diabetes at 6 percent of the adult population, according to the rankings. The state also was sixth for lowest rate of preventable hospitalizations at 48.1 people for every 100,000 residents, and it placed third and fourth, respectively, for smallest number of cancer deaths (163.9) and cardiovascular deaths (217) per 100,000 residents.

Colorado’s high school graduation and binge-drinking rates each ranked 30th in the nation. The percentage of Colorado children age 19 to 35 months who have received vaccinations, 89.7 percent, is 32nd in the U.S., and the percentage of Colorado mothers receiving prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy, 68.1 percent, is 37th.

Colorado’s worst ranking was 45th for geographic income disparity.

The United Health Foundation, which established by health care company UnitedHealth Group, supports health education and programs that offer greater access to health care.


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