Thu December 4, 2008
Tennessee Tops Unhealthiest States List
By Carrie Pond
Minnetonka, MN – Tennessee is ranked among the five unhealthiest states for the fifth year in a row. The United Health Foundation ranked Tennessee No. 47 in its 19th annual report, citing high rates of infant mortality, cardiovascular deaths, and violent crime. Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina are behind Tennessee. Kentucky improved by 6 points since last year, ranking in at 37. Illinois is slightly healthier than the Commonwealth, dropping 4 spots to number 31. Vermont tops the healthiest state list for the second consecutive year.