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Arkansas - 2013

Overall
Ranking

49

  • Outcomes Rank 46
  • Determinants Rank 50
  • Overall Rank 49
  • Diabetes Rank 41
  • Smoking Rank 48
  • Obesity Rank 48
AR Obesity (1990-2013) see more
  • Percentage of the population estimated to be obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.
  • Percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

Strengths:

  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • High per capita public health funding
  • Small disparity in health status by educational attainment

 

Challenges:

  • High prevalences of smoking, obesity & physical inactivity
  • Low immunization coverage among adolescents
  • Limited availability of dentists

 

Highlights:

  • Smoking remains high at 25.0 percent of the adult population, with more than 550,000 adult smokers in the state.
  • In Arkansas, 760,000 adults are obese, and more than 690,000 adults are physically inactive.
  • There are almost a quarter-million adults with diabetes in Arkansas.
  • The percentage of children in poverty, at 29.6 percent of persons younger than 18 years, is the highest since the rankings started in 1990.
  • In the past 2 years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased from 81.5 to 77.0 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past 5 years, the number of poor mental health days have increased from 3.6 to 4.7 days in the previous 30 days.

 

Disparities:

  • In Arkansas, 47.8 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 23.7 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 24.1 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.healthyarkansas.com

Arkansas - 2013

Overall
Ranking

49

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