Shumlin Hails Vt’s No. 1 Health Ranking

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For the fourth year in a row, Vermont has been ranked as the healthiest state in the country.

Governor Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen say the state did well in a variety of categories, including low incidences in violent crime and low-birth-weight-babies, as well as low rates of infectious disease.

Vermont’s obesity rate is growing, but not as fast as those in most other states.

Among the state’s challenges: a relatively high rate of binge drinking and a higher rate of deaths from cancer than most other states.

The rankings are done by the United Health Foundation.

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