We’re Not as Fat as We Were

The 2011 America’s Health Rankings report, released today, ranks Tennessee 39th compared to 42nd last year, reports The Tennessean.
The state has shown steady improvement in recent years on the annual report, which is compiled by United Health Foundation, a nonprofit established by UnitedHealth Group.
“It is a testament to a lot of hard work from not only lots of government agencies and communities but also individuals,” said state epidemiologist Tim F. Jones.
“Obviously, 39th is not where we want to stay, but seeing steady improvement is a really good sign.”
The state is no longer the third-fattest state in the nation. The prevalence of obesity in Tennessee decreased from 32.8 percent to 31.7 percent. Tennessee now ranks ninth.

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