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Washington in Top Ten for Healthiest States

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Washington is the tenth healthiest state in the country moving up two positions from last year, according to recently released rankings.

America's Health Rankings 2008 from the United Health Foundation lists three factors as strengths for the state's ranking.  Washington has a low population of smokers, a low infant mortality rate, and a low percentage of children in poverty. 

For some of those factors, Washington ranks even higher on the list.  The state is sixth in the country for its smoking population and the infant mortality rate is the lowest in the country.  The rankings suggest Washington needs improvement on its low level of immunization coverage and low high school graduation rate.

While Washington is in the top ten, it is not the top state in the Northwest.  States in the region rank anywhere in the top 30 spots but two of top three states come from the Northeast.

Idaho leads the region in the eighth position, after this state at 10th,  Oregon comes in at 16th, followed by Montana in 23rd.  Alaska rounded out the Northwest at 30th on the list.

Vermont was the healthiest state in the country for a second year in a row.  Hawaii was number two and New Hampshire placed third on the list.

To review the entire list, visit www.americashealthrankings.org .