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Washington - 2013

Overall
Ranking

14

  • Outcomes Rank 19
  • Determinants Rank 16
  • Overall Rank 14
  • Diabetes Rank 14
  • Smoking Rank 11
  • Obesity Rank 18
WA 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 physical inactivity
  • Low rate of preventable hospitalizations
  • Low infant mortality rate & low prevalence of low birthweight

 

Challenges:

  • High rate of drug deaths
  • High incidence of pertussis infections
  • Low immunization coverage among children

 

Highlights:

  • In the past year, drug deaths decreased from 15.9 to 14.4 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • Although Washington has a lower prevalence of physical inactivity than most other states, nearly 1.0 million adults remain physically inactive, and nearly 1.4 million adults are obese in the state.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among children decreased from 68.1 percent to 65.2 of children aged 19 to 35 months.
  • In the past 5 years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased by 17 percent from 51.9 to 44.2 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past year, the infant mortality rate decreased from 5.2 to 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by 31 percent from 297.4 to 227.0 deaths per 100,000 population.

 

Disparities:

  • In Washington, 54.8 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 23.9 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 30.9 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.doh.wa.gov

Washington - 2013

Overall
Ranking

14

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