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I live in the healthiest state...woo hoo!

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http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=35470

Coming off the heels of being declared America’s most livable state, New Hampshire has secured a second such honor: We’re also the healthiest state in the nation, according to Kansas-based Morgan Quitno Press.

New Hampshire beat out next-door neighbor Vermont, which had won the designation last year, in the private research and publishing firm’s 12th annual Healthiest State Award rankings. The study looked at 21 health-related factors to make its determination, such as the per-capita expenditures for health care and the percentage of the population that smokes.
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Indiana = 28
Kentucky = 29

Must be those hearty winters up there in the northeast ;-)
 

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All other states stew in the juices of their own jealousy....looks like other states are going to have to get creative in devising new categories for which they can say "WE'RE #1"

Oh you come from New hampshire, (he said in a condescending tone) I doubt they could boast half the number of militia groups we have here in Michigan.....
 

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Whoo Hooo Missouri is 37 and sinking! Make mine a SuperSized dose of State Pride! When I look at all the fat guys driving pickups and all the skinny Marlburo Women hacking up a lung while they let little "Dale 'God Rest his Soul' Junior" hit the soft serve ice cream machine at the Land O' Lard Family Buffet, I can't help but wonder if we were ranked too highly, or what the states 38-50 are doing that Missouri isn't. Maybe we need more meth and casino gambling? Screw sidewalks, that is just money pissed down a hole. We need more bad roads!

Mississippi, hook a brother up and tell me what you cats in Jackson are doing to hit the big 50.
 

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el Guapo said:
Mississippi, hook a brother up and tell me what you cats in Jackson are doing to hit the big 50.
We sit outside with shotguns watching the bug zapper do its thing, while we eat fried chicken, and various other fried foods |-) .
 

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How can Florida be #41 when it's so full of Yankees? Do they move down here and suddenly start doing unhealthy things like taunting gators, eating pork rinds, and tanning?
 

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Zoning Goddess said:
How can Florida be #41 when it's so full of Yankees? Do they move down here and suddenly start doing unhealthy things like taunting gators, eating pork rinds, and tanning?
Same thing must be happening here. Arizona is full of Californians, but it is drop from 14 to 40 in the move.
 

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We're the least healthiest new england state (18). I think we have a higher percentage of elderly - that's probably FL and AZ's problem too. We also really like Italian food.
 
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Louisiana #48 - at least we beat Mississippi!!!!

Where others eat to live, we live to eat down here!!!! It's Friday during Lent.....somebody pass the fried swimps and eryster po-boys dis way! :-D
 

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WOW I can't believe where I'm from #25 (michigan) we actually have become healthier (#28 in 2003).

As I look around my office of.... about 30 people I would say 75% are over weight. As I look around the community, grocery store, resturants, bars, etc. It appars that most of the people in the community are unhealthy "Fat". I would have thought we were more unhealthy than #25.

I hate it, people tell me I'm to skinny and that I'm crazy when I ride my bike to work. I think they do this because they are all fat and unhealthy, therefor I'm skinny and crazy because I different, but healthy.

Go figure.
 

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With all the meth and cigarette smoking going on here, I can't believe Idaho is ranked 20. You lower 30 must be really bad.
 

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RichmondJake said:
With all the meth and cigarette smoking going on here....
I think we all kinda anecdotally know that there's lotsa that sh** going on out in rural places but I often wonder how accurate of a picture public health officials have in this particular area....do they do random mailings of health questionaires? "Dear Mrs. Johnson, please answer the following questions: do you do A: 1 to 2 8-balls of meth/month B. 3-4 ......".
 

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Maister said:
Oh you come from New hampshire, (he said in a condescending tone) I doubt they could boast half the number of militia groups we have here in Michigan.....
Very true, but is that something you want to say you're #1 in? ;-)
 

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NHPlanner said:
Very true, but is that something you want to say you're #1 in? ;-)
You're right we've gotta come up with a more positive spin for being unhealthy.....I know, Michigan leads the nation in performing the highest percentage of successful coronary bypass surgeries (which was necessary from all the crap our citizens eat)

On a related public health trivia note, I once heard that if you stood at the earth's equator and took every artery, vein and capillary out of your body and lined them up end to end......you'd be dead.
 
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Illinois was about where I thought it would be. At 31, a little below average.

However, I thought a rugged state like New Mexico would rank much higher than 49!
 

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RichmondJake said:
With all the meth and cigarette smoking going on here, I can't believe Idaho is ranked 20. You lower 30 must be really bad.
Yeah, this is why we told you that Florida planners have way more fun...
 

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Wow, Kentucky ranks as the 15th safest state whilst poor Indiana is 25th. Of course, we have Gary to account for B-) and the Hatfields and McCoys have kissed and made up.
 
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