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20 Nov 2014
21 Nov 2014
Oregon 13th Healthiest State In The Nation
(Oregon Public Broadcasting) The health of Oregonians ranks 13th highest in the nation, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation.
The ranking looks at everything from health policies to the environment.
Over the last two decades, Oregon's ranking has climbed from 28th to 13th.
This year, Dr. Jeff Mason of United Health Care says he was impressed by how active Oregonians seem to be.
"You're number one in the country in terms of physical activity, with only 16.2 percent of the population saying they're physically inactive," he said. "And that 's really a high score and Oregon's to be commended on that."
The bad news is that more Oregonians are smoking than were two years ago.
The smoking rate has risen from about 15 percent to almost 18 percent. Most states have higher smoking rates, but those are dropping -- not rising.
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