Health Report: Arizona Adults Lead US In Per-Day Veggie Consumption

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:15am
Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:41am
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According to the 2016 America's Health Rankings report, the mean number of vegetables consumed per day by Arizona adults is 2.2.

The United Health Foundation released its annual America’s Health Rankings last month. Arizona now ranks as the 29th healthiest state in the United States — a one-spot improvement from 2015.

The biggest surprise in the report? Arizona ranks No. 1 in the mean number of vegetables consumed per day by adults. And in the fruits category, Arizona ranks No. 9, up from No. 26 last year. The data was collected by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a system of health-related telephone surveys sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smoking prevalence in Arizona also changed significantly from year to year. Arizona ranks No. 6 (up from No. 16) with just 14 percent of adults identifying as smokers.

America’s Health Rankings measures a variety of factors, ranging from air pollution to violent crime, "to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation."

Here's a snapshot of where Arizona ranks in several categories. Click here to see how this year's Arizona rankings compare to 2015.

All Measures

Measure Name2016 Rank2015 Rank
Overall 29 30
Air Pollution 43 37
All Determinants 30 32
All Outcomes 24 20
Behaviors 21 30
Binge Drinking 11 15
Cancer Deaths 6 5
Cardiovascular Deaths 7 10
Children in Poverty 47 46
Chlamydia 37 33
Cholesterol Check 27 45
Chronic Drinking 13 24
Clinical Care 22 24
Colorectal Cancer Screening 36 36
Community & Environment 40 38
Dental Visit, Annual 41 41
Dentists 28 25
Diabetes 27 25
Disparity in Health Status 43 38
Drug Deaths 41 41
Excessive Drinking 13 17
Frequent Mental Distress 24 NR
Frequent Physical Distress 27 NR
Fruits 9 26
Heart Attack 26 NR
Heart Disease 18 17
High Blood Pressure 23 18
High Cholesterol 33 35
High Health Status 33 31
High School Graduation 44 44
Immunization HPV female 21 35
Immunization HPV male 28 35
Immunization Meningococcal 12 14
Immunization Tdap 30 36
Immunizations - Adolescents 20 26
Immunizations - Children 26 43
Income Disparity 30 30
Infant Mortality 23 18
Infectious Disease 31 37
Injury Deaths 38 NR
Insufficient Sleep 20 20
Lack of Health Insurance 37 41
Low Birthweight 12 12
Median Household Income 32 37
Obesity 17 21
Occupational Fatalities 8 8
Personal Income, Per Capita 42 41
Pertussis 27 43
Physical Inactivity 18 15
Policy 36 46
Poor Mental Health Days 30 22
Poor Physical Health Days 27 31
Premature Death 24 28
Preventable Hospitalizations 9 7
Primary Care Physicians 37 42
Public Health Funding 48 49
Salmonella 33 31
Seat Belt Use 26 NR
Smoking 6 16
Stroke 25 25
Suicide 38 41
Underemployment Rate 49 48
Unemployment Rate, Annual 42 42
Vegetables 1 10
Violent Crime 34 36
Water Fluoridation 38 NR

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