Report ranks Indiana among unhealthiest states

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Indiana ranks among America's most unhealthy states in an annual study.

America's Health Rankings lists Indiana 41st in its annual review, which was released Tuesday. The report is published by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention.

Obesity, sedentary habits, high smoking rates, low public health funding and the second-to-worst air pollution in the United States contributed to Indiana's low rank.

There were a few bright spots, though: Indiana fared better than other states when it came to binge drinking and the number of people who don't have health insurance.


  • Re: Ron
    Actually, building roads does cause more air pollution. In addition to the heat-island effect of additional pavement (which absorbs heat), the construction of additional roads usually means less green space (even weeds in medians create oxygen and absorb CO2 and airborne toxins). Further, more roads means more cars on those roads (yes, more lanes only encourages more drivers, hence the endless cycle of more cars means more roads means more cars ad infinitum). One of the best thigns we could do to reduce air pollution is to stop building fresh roads and simply make our current transportation infrastructure more efficient.
    Sorry I didn't finish my statement. Indiana is unhealthy because; (Obesity, sedentary habits, high smoking rates, low public health funding and the second-to-worst air pollution in the United States contributed to Indiana's low rank.) McDonald's is the busiest Restaurant's in Indiana. YMCA and other GYM'S have low membership's. People not Bathing.(ps. I just threw that in cause it's true lol) And Walking, Bike Riding are Low. Need we say more?
  • RE; Shocked
    Really? Building new Roads causes air pollution? LMAO
  • smoking
    You non smokers need to stop telling me smoking is bad for me my God i know this i smoke Im not stupid besides who could forget it's bad when all you do and the state tells me over and over. The state waste so much money advertising telling me it's bad. Just stop you are wasting your time and money. Trust me all smokers know the risk. Take a break and bug someone else.
  • Is anyone shocked?
    Second-to-worst air pollution in the United States, yet all our officals want to do is build more roads.

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