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America's Health Rankings: NC is 33rd overall

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The good news is North Carolina is not the least healthy state. The bad news is the state is nowhere near the top.

According to the 2012 report of America's Health Rankings of all states, North Carolina is 33rd overall.

The report says "challenges facing the state" are "low per capita public health funding, high prevalence of diabetes, high infant mortality rate and high prevalence of low birth weight".

According to the study, obesity in the Tar Heel State is more prevalent among non Hispanic blacks at 42.9% - compared to 26.5% for non Hispanic whites; and 24.8% for Hispanics. Smoking is higher among non Hispanic blacks at 20.9% - compared to 13.9% for Hispanics. Sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among non Hispanic blacks at 32.6% than non Hispanic whites at 24.4%.

For South Carolinians, the news is worst.

The Palmetto state ranks 46th overall, putting it among the five least healthy states.

Among the challenges the report cites in South Carolina are high prevalence of low birth weight, low high school graduation rate, high percentage of children in poverty, and high prevalence of diabetes.

Vermont tops the list of healthiest states, followed by Hawaii. New Hampshire comes in third. Massachusetts and Minnesota round out the top five.

The report says Mississippi and Louisiana are tied for 49th as the least healthy states.

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