Vermont ranked healthiest state in US again

first_imgVermont was again named the healthiest state in the nation as the United Health Foundation today released its 2011 edition of America’s Health Rankings. All six New England states were in the top 10.Vermont has been among the top five healthiest states for the past eight years, climbing steadily from 20th in 1990 to 12th in 2000, to become first in 2007, 2009 and 2010. See Chart below for all states.This year, Vermont ranked among the top 10 healthiest states in 15 of 23 public health measures relating to behaviors, community and environment, health policies, clinical care, and health outcomes.‘Public health is what we all do together to assure the conditions in which people can be their healthiest,’ said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. ‘Compared to other states, Vermonters are faring well. But not all of us are as healthy as we can be ‘ especially those who are younger, have less education and lower incomes.’Vermont is notable for its high rates of high school graduation, lower incidence of infectious disease, low violent crime rate, and high use of early prenatal care. Vermont also this year received the first and only ‘A’ on the March of DimesPremature Birth Report Card.‘We can all take pride in Vermont’s standing as the healthiest state,’ said Gov. Peter Shumlin. ‘This is a time to celebrate and learn from our successes to meet the great health challenges ahead. We still have much work to make health reform a reality for every Vermonter.’Vermont faces many of the same challenges as other states: While smoking rates have dropped to 15 percent among adults, that still leaves an estimated 76,000 smokers who have not quit. With 17 percent of adults reporting that they binge drink, we continue to have an alcohol abuse problem. A growing percentage of Vermonters are overweight or obese, resulting in higher rates of serious chronic illnesses such as diabetes. More children are living in poverty than before. And, with only moderate childhood immunization coverage, there is greater risk for vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis (whooping cough) to spread through communities.Last year the Health Department published The Health Disparities of Vermonters 2010, a comprehensive report that details the causes and consequences of differences in health status among Vermonters. This year the state is setting new Healthy Vermonters 2020 goals and objectives to improve the public’s health.‘Our congratulations to Vermont for once again being the ‘healthiest’ state in the country,’ said Reed Tuckson, M.D., United Health Foundation board member and executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group. ‘This is clear evidence of the commitment that the individuals, communities, health care providers, the private sector, and Vermont’s government institutions to creating and sustaining conditions that promote health. Vermont, like all states, has an opportunity to further improve, particularly in the areas of binge drinking and immunization rates.’America’s Health Rankingsâ ¢ published by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention is the longest running annual assessment of the nation’s health. For 22 years, theRankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socio-economic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.For more information about the rankings, an interactive map, and information on actions that everyone can take to take to improve public health:www.americashealthrankings.org(link is external)2011 OVERALL RANKINGSAlphabetical by State 43Kentucky-0.4787Utah0.723 Rank Order2011 Rank (1-50)StateScore 29Arizona0.05011New Jersey0.495 2New Hampshire1.02729Arizona0.050 32North Carolina-0.06832North Carolina-0.068 4Hawaii0.94024California0.265 42Nevada-0.47144Texas-0.508 7Utah0.72330Delaware-0.032 15Washington0.44326Kansas0.128 23South Dakota0.26750Mississippi-0.822 48Oklahoma-0.66913Wisconsin0.476 20Virginia0.3435Massachusetts0.906 3Connecticut1.01047Arkansas-0.622 18New York0.3928Maine0.575 38Indiana-0.29010Rhode Island0.549 50Mississippi-0.822 46Alabama-0.60715Washington0.443 17Iowa0.40149Louisiana-0.817 41West Virginia-0.41339Tennessee-0.314 14Oregon0.47517Iowa0.401 9Colorado0.55537Georgia-0.275 11New Jersey0.49519Idaho0.344 40Missouri-0.34223South Dakota0.267 28Illinois0.0982New Hampshire1.027 21Wyoming0.31130Michigan-0.032 2011 Rank (1-50)StateScore46Alabama-0.607 47Arkansas-0.62241West Virginia-0.413 19Idaho0.34422Maryland0.269 39Tennessee-0.31445South Carolina-0.521 6Minnesota0.7553Connecticut1.010 13Wisconsin0.47638Indiana-0.290 37Georgia-0.27526Pennsylvania0.128 30Michigan-0.03218New York0.392 22Maryland0.2696Minnesota0.755 10Rhode Island0.5494Hawaii0.940 35Alaska-0.16848Oklahoma-0.669 34New Mexico-0.14136Ohio-0.233 1Vermont1.19735Alaska-0.168 5Massachusetts0.9069Colorado0.555 26Pennsylvania0.12842Nevada-0.471 33Florida-0.11912North Dakota0.494 36Ohio-0.23314Oregon0.475 30Delaware-0.03234New Mexico-0.141 8Maine0.57533Florida-0.119 16Nebraska0.41443Kentucky-0.478 44Texas-0.5081Vermont1.197 45South Carolina-0.52120Virginia0.343 12North Dakota0.49428Illinois0.098 25Montana0.13925Montana0.139 26Kansas0.12816Nebraska0.414 49Louisiana-0.81721Wyoming0.311 24California0.26540Missouri-0.342last_img read more

Kick your company communication into overdrive: Part 1

first_imgCommunication—especially in the workplace is critical to a healthy work environment. Whether you’re in management or not, effective communication among coworkers and employees can make or break your working relationships. Face it, we spend more time at work than at home so building healthy relationships with coworkers is key. To help you kick your communication style up a notch, we are giving you 20 simple tips—10 today and 10 more in Part 2 of this article—to help you improve your communication skills and build stronger relationships with your coworkers.1. Lay the GroundworkIt all begins with trust. When we do this, we can open up the lines of communication and begin to trust one another on a different level. Go out to lunch with a coworker or spark up a non-work related conversation with a coworker to learn their interests. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more