PA falls in health rankings report

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 29, 2013 6:22 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is down a few slots in the latest rankings focused on overall health from the United Health Foundation.

The rankings have the commonwealth 29th in the nation, a drop from 26th last year.

It factors in everything from number of doctors to infant mortality to violent crime.

The high school graduation rate and number of uninsured in the state both beat the national average.

But there was bad news in the report too.

"The rest of the country have leveled off with the rate of obesity. In Pennsylvania it increased from 28.6 to 29% of adults. Nearly 3 million adults in the state are obese," says Dr. Rhonda Randall, the foundation's chief medical officer.

The slight increase in the obesity rate comes despite an increase in physical activity reported.

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