The 10 Best (And Worst) U.S. States For Women's Health & Well-Being

Last week, the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released a report as part of its Status of Women in the States: 2015 series found major disparities across the states when it comes to women's health and safety.

Apparently, if you're a woman in Minnesota, you're probably a whole lot healthier than your Mississippian counterpart.

For starters, the rate of heart disease mortality in Mississippi is more than twice the rate of Minnesota. Plus, about 66% of women in Mississippi are overweight or obese, compared to 52.4% of Minnesotans.

The rankings were based on data sourced mainly from federal government agencies (like the CDC) in these six categories:

  • Chronic disease
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Limitations on women's activities
  • Obesity and healthy weight
  • Preventative care and health behaviors

Here are the 10 states ranked highest on the Health & Well-Being Index:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Hawaii
  3. North Dakota
  4. Utah
  5. Nebraska
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Vermont
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Iowa

And here are the 10 states ranked lowest:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Alabama
  3. Louisiana
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Arkansas
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Tennessee
  8. West Virginia
  9. Kentucky
  10. South Carolina

You can find the full report here.

How did your state do?

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