Oklahoma = 49th…what?
Why does Oklahoma continue to make the national highlights?
Now we are 49th in healthiest states in America!! It is time to step up to the plate Oklahoma…
This is why we do what we do!
Here is a piece of the article from the Tulsa world:
Oklahomans are among the least healthy people in the country, ranking above only Mississippi, according to a national benchmark report released Tuesday.
“The bottom line is our health outcomes are appalling,” said state Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. “All Oklahomans and everyone who loves Oklahomans should be outraged about our overall health status.”
In 20 years of ranking states’ health, the United Health Foundation’s report pegged Oklahoma at 49th in the nation. That is well below its 33rd-place ranking in 1990 and the lowest ranking ever for the state.
But Cline put it another way:
If the state was on par with just the national average health status, 5,320 fewer Oklahomans would die prematurely each year.
“That should be the headline right there. This is a reflection of what we live every day,” he said. “This should come as no surprise. The surprise is the complacency people have about this.”
Among Oklahoma’s challenges are high rates of smoking, obesity, preventable hospitalizations, sick days and heart disease deaths. In addition, Oklahoma doesn’t have enough primary care physicians, the report said.
Check out the complete arrticle right here at the Tulsa World
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