Missouri and Illinois have made slight health improvements along with the rest of the country, according to the latest America’s Health Rankings Report.
The 2013 report, which was released by United Health Foundation, ranks Missouri at No. 39 and Illinois at No. 30 on the list of all 50 states. Missouri moved up a spot from the previous year where Illinois stayed in the same position.
According to the report, in the past year, Missouri has decreased the prevalence of smoking, binge drinking and physical inactivity. At the same time, Illinois’s rate of drug deaths, binge drinking and poor mental health days declined.
Smoking and high cardiovascular and cancer death rates remain significant challenges for Missouri, and high levels of air pollution and binge drinking prove problematic for Illinois.
Hawaii claimed the top spot on the list followed by Vermont.