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Texans becoming healthier, but still below national average

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If your organization doesn’t have an employee wellness program, a new study provides more incentive to start one. It says that Texas residents, on average, aren’t the healthiest folks in America.

According to the recent United Health Foundation’s list of the healthiest states, Texas moved up to 37th in 2006 from 39th the previous year. The annual survey examines personal behavior, living and working environments and the quality of medical care.

Minnesota held the number one position for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Hawaii and Connecticut.

Texas received high marks for few missed workdays, a low prevalence of smoking, high per capita health spending and a low rate of cancer deaths. The state ranked lower on the list overall, however, due to the high percentage of residents without health insurance, a high percentage of children living in poverty, a high incidence of infectious disease and a high prevalence of obesity.

The survey also noted the higher cost and lower quality of clinical care in Texas compared to other states.  

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