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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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