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Tennessee - 2013



  • Outcomes Rank 43
  • Determinants Rank 42
  • Overall Rank 42
  • Diabetes Rank 46
  • Smoking Rank 47
  • Obesity Rank 40
TN 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)


  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • Low incidence of pertussis infections
  • High immunization coverage among children



  • High prevalence of smoking
  • High violent crime rate
  • High prevalence of low birthweight & high infant mortality rate



  • In the past year, the prevalence of physical inactivity decreased from 35.1 percent to 28.6 percent of adults; however, nearly 1.4 million adults remain physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past 5 years, the high school graduation rate increased from 68.5 percent to 80.4 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate in 4 years.
  • In the past year, the percentage of children in poverty increased from 22.5 percent to 26.3 percent of persons younger than 18 years – that is more than 1 in 4 children.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among adolescents increased from 52.7 percent to 58.5 percent of persons aged 13 to 17 years.
  • While preventable hospitalizations remain a challenge for Tennessee, the rate dropped in the past 5 years from 97.8 to 80.8 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past 10 years, violent crime decreased by 16 percent from 745 to 644 offenses per 100,000 population; however, Tennessee currently ranks 50th for violent crime.



  • In Tennessee, 48.5 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 21.5 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 27 .0 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: http://health.state.tn.us

Tennessee - 2013



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