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Virginia - 2013

Overall
Ranking

26

  • Outcomes Rank 28
  • Determinants Rank 18
  • Overall Rank 26
  • Diabetes Rank 35
  • Smoking Rank 23
  • Obesity Rank 24
VA 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 rate of drug deaths
  • Low violent crime rate
  • Low percentage of children in poverty

 

Challenges:

  • High prevalence of diabetes
  • High infant mortality rate
  • Large disparity in health status by educational attainment

 

Highlights:

  • In the past year, the prevalence of smoking declined from 20.9 percent to 19.0 percent of adults; however, nearly 1.2 million adults still smoke in Virginia.
  • In the past year, the rate of drug deaths decreased from 9.3 to 8.0 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • Although the prevalence of obesity dropped from 29.2 percent to 27.4 percent of adults in the past year, obesity remains high; more than 1.7 million adults are obese in Virginia.
  • In the past 5 years, air pollution decreased by 35 percent from 12.6 to 9.3 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter.
  • In the past 5 years, public health funding decreased by nearly 60 percent from $111 to $69 per person.
  • In the past 10 years, the percent of children living in poverty increased from 8.4 percent to 13.5 percent of persons younger than 18 years.

 

Disparities:

  • In Virginia, 54.9 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 23.2 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 31.7 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.vdh.state.va.us

Virginia - 2013

Overall
Ranking

26

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