Study ranks NH as fifth healthiest state in nation for 2013
But a fairly high rate of obesity and diabetes, an increasing rate of children living in poverty and high prevalence of binge drinking and whooping cough infections are challenges the state needs to address.
Smoking prevalence dropped from 19.4 percent in 2012 to 17.2 percent. The high school graduation rate improved from 75.3 percent to 86.3 percent during the last 10 years while cardiovascular deaths dropped 32 percent from 310 to 218.9 per 100,000 people in the last decade.
While the state's immunization rate is second, it is experiencing a busy year for whooping cough cases, Montero noted.
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