Indiana has not had a very good overall ranking in terms of the health of the people who live in that state. However, there was a little bit of good news based on the annual report that is published by the United Health Foundation. Indiana is now number 39 on the list of the healthiest states in the country. This might not sound very good. However, Indiana was ranked 41 on the same list in 2015.
There were individual categories in the report where Indiana showed a much greater improvement than it did on the overall rankings. For example, the state is now number seven in the country in terms of the disparity between the education of residents and their health status. This is an increase of 13 positions over where it ranked in 2015. Another good sign that people in Indiana are living healthier lives is the fact that the amount of smokers in the state went down by 2.3 percent. This means that Indiana now ranks number 39 in this category. It had been number 44 last year.
Despite the improvements on this year’s health report, Indiana still has a long way to go before it can be considered a truly healthy state. For example, smoking and obesity are still huge problems throughout the entire state. Indiana ranks in the bottom third in both of these categories. There are also far too many infant deaths in Indiana. Many of these can be directly connected to the poor health of the mother.