New Year, Healthier State


The new year coincided with a report released by the United Health Foundation (UHF) that showed that Arkansas increased our health ranking by two spots, from 48 to 46 overall. The UHF described Arkansas’s strengths as a low prevalence of excessive drinking and high meningococcal and Tdap immunization coverage among adolescents. They listed the state’s challenges as a high prevalence of smoking, a high cardiovascular death rate, and a low rate of dentists.

“We are pleased our state moved up in the rankings, and I want to thank Arkansans for the work they’ve done to improve their health,” said Dr. Nathaniel Smith, ADH Director and State Health Officer. “As we all set goals for the New Year, we want Arkansans to know that we are here to help them with their health.”

The new year is a time when many people set goals for the future. Many of the goals set are health-related, like increasing physical activity and eating more nutritious foods, and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), Be Well Arkansas, and Healthy Active Arkansas (HAA) are ready to help people reach those goals.     MORE


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