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New Jersey - 2012



  • Outcomes Rank 15
  • Determinants Rank 8
  • Overall Rank 10
  • Diabetes Rank 16
  • Smoking Rank 3
  • Obesity Rank 4
NJ 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)


  • High rate of high school graduation
  • Low prevalence of obesity
  • Low prevalence of smoking



  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations
  • High rate of uninsured population
  • Higher prevalence of sedentary lifestyle than most other states



  • In the past five years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations declined from 83.9 to 68.8 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past ten years, infant mortality rates decreased from 6.5 to 5.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • In the past year, the percent of children in poverty rose from 12.8 percent to 17.4 percent of persons under age 18. In 2002, it was 9.1 percent.
  • New Jersey has one of the lowest smoking rates in the U.S.; however, more than 1.1 million adults smoke in the state.
  • Public health funding decreased from $69 to $65 per person in the last year.



  • In New Jersey, sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among Hispanics at 36.9 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 22.7 percent; and obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 36.0 percent than Hispanics at 27.8 percent and non-Hispanic whites at 23.3 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: www.state.nj.us/health

New Jersey - 2012



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