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:
- North Dakota
And here are the 10 states ranked lowest:
- District of Columbia
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
You can find the full report here.
How did your state do?