UnitedHealth: Connecticut Is 7th Healthiest State For Seniors

The Hartford Courant

UnitedHealth Group's foundation ranked Connecticut as the seventh healthiest state in the U.S. for senior, which is defined as people 65 and older.

The health insurer on Wednesday released its first-ever report analyzing health conditions of people 65 and older. Minnesota ranked as the healthiest state, followed by Vermont and New Hampshire. Massachusetts ranked fourth.

Mississippi ranked last, followed by Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia and Arkansas.

The research looked at rates of obesity, smoking, diabetes and physical inactivity among older Americans, among other metrics. UnitedHealth Group's foundation said that Connecticut's strengths are a high prevalence of dental visits, a high percentage of health screenings and a low prevalence of teeth extractions.

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