Annual health survey keeps Indiana at 41st in U.S.

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MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — An annual survey of U.S. health rankings puts Indiana at 41st in the nation for the third straight year.

Although United Health Foundation’s new rankings keep Indiana at 41st in the nation, the state did make improvements in smoking and childhood poverty.

Last week’s report indicates that while Indiana was strong with regards to immunizations, infectious diseases and binge drinking, it still has work to do in physical activity, obesity, air pollution and other categories.

State health commissioner Jerome Adams tells The Times of Munster it will take a coalition of state and local officials and Hoosier themselves to make progress on some of Indiana’s greatest health challenges.

He plans to meet with Gary officials to discuss how that city can work to overcome some of its health-related deficiencies.

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