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

Sum of weighted z-scores of behaviors measures for children

Behaviors - Children Trends

Sum of weighted z-scores of behaviors measures for children

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About Behaviors - Children

Top State(s): Minnesota: 1.240

Bottom State(s): Mississippi: -1.408

Definition: Sum of weighted z-scores of behaviors measures for 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, such as adequate sleep, physical inactivity and tobacco use among youth. This category is one of five categories of measures that make up the America’s Health Rankings model. The other four categories are social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care and health outcomes.

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