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Report: NJ Ranks in Top 10 of Healthiest States in Nation [AUDIO]

New Jersey is healthier than most states in the nation, according to United Health Foundation’s 2013 report.

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The annual health ranking put New Jersey at number 10, the same position as last year.

The state received high marks for its availability of primary care physicians and dentists; New Jersey ranks second in the nation for the most dentists per 100,000 residents.

Also highlighted was New Jersey’s low rate of drug deaths and infectious diseases, as well as its low percentage of children in poverty.

The report, however, also shed light on the challenges New Jersey must still overcome.

“We have 25 percent of adults who are physically inactive,” explained Dr. Anju Sikka, New Jersey medical director with UnitedHealthcare, who said the statistic could be linked to the minor jumps New Jersey witnessed in obesity and diabetes since 2012. “I think if we can address this challenge by partnering in a bigger way, then we can sure see ourselves climbing the ranks.”

In addition, the prevalence of smoking has increased by 3 percent in the past year.

Hawaii ranked as the healthiest state, followed by Vermont, last year’s top spot recipient. Mississippi ranked dead last, sharing the bottom with Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and West Virginia.

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