State of Women: How Healthy Are Women in America?

Assigning Editor and project lead, 2013

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How healthy are women in America? To answer this question, my team looked at all 50 states, examining a number of health categories and healthy living topics.

The report leveraged the most recent data, broken down by both state and gender. States were ranked from 1 to 50 in each category, always from the healthiest to least the healthy.

Categories include:

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Methodology and Sources:

Several more categories were included in the full report. Data for asthmabinge drinkinghigh cholesterol, dental carediabetesdepressionfruits and vegetable consumptionheart diseasehigh blood pressuremammogramsoverweight and obesityPap smearsphysical activity and smoking comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Rankings for breastcervicalcolonlungovarian and skin cancers comes from the National Cancer Institute State Cancer Profiles database.

Data on death due to firearms and life expectancy comes from Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts database.

Health insurance coverage rate data comes from the Fact Sheet Health Insurance Coverage of Women by State.

The original articles in this report appeared on They are now on

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