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Behaviors - Women and Children
Behaviors - Women and Children in United States
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Behaviors - Women and Children by State

Sum of weighted z-scores of behaviors measures for women and children

Behaviors - Women and Children Trends

Sum of weighted z-scores of behaviors measures for women and children

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About Behaviors - Women and Children

Top State(s): Utah: 0.842

Bottom State(s): Louisiana: -1.260

Definition: Sum of weighted z-scores of behaviors measures for women and children

Data Source and Years: America's Health Rankings composite measure, 2023

Suggested Citation: America's Health Rankings analysis of America's Health Rankings composite measure, United Health Foundation,, accessed 2023.

The health behaviors category represents actions that influence health and have individual, community, system and policy components. Topics in this category are nutrition and physical activity, sexual health, sleep health, and tobacco use. This is one of five categories that make up the America’s Health Rankings model, which is built upon the World Health Organization’s definition of health: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Our model reflects that determinants of health directly influence health outcomes.

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We have developed detailed analyses on the health of key populations in the country, including women and children, seniors and those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, in addition to a deep dive into health disparities across the country.