(WTNH) – A new report from the United Health Foundation ranks Connecticut third in the nation when it comes to health.
Among the strengths listed for Connecticut in that report: a low prevalence of smoking, a low number of infectious disease and a high immunization coverage rate among children.
The report also details some challenges that Connecticut faces, including: a high prevalence of excessive drinking and high levels of air pollution.
In the past three years, the number of deaths due to drug use increased 44%.
In the past year, physical inactivity increased 14%, the number of children living in poverty increased 20% and the number of teenage boys immunized for HPV increased 56%.
Over the past nine years, cancer deaths decreased 9%.
Connecticut ranks third in the nation in the 2016 report from the United Health Foundation after ranking sixth in 2015.
The state ranks ninth for senior health and fourth for the health of women and children.