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Health Report: Arizona Adults Lead US In Per-Day Veggie Consumption

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According to the 2016 America's Health Rankings report, the mean number of vegetables consumed per day by Arizona adults is 2.2.

The United Health Foundation released its annual America’s Health Rankings last month. Arizona now ranks as the 29th healthiest state in the United States — a one-spot improvement from 2015.

The biggest surprise in the report? Arizona ranks No. 1 in the mean number of vegetables consumed per dayby adults. And in the fruits category, Arizona ranks No. 9, up from No. 26 last year. The data was collected by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a system of health-related telephone surveys sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smoking prevalence in Arizona also changed significantly from year to year. Arizona ranks No. 6 (up from No. 16) with just 14 percent of adults identifying as smokers.

America’s Health Rankings measures a variety of factors, ranging from air pollution to violent crime, "to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation."

Here's a snapshot of where Arizona ranks in several categories. Click here to see how this year's Arizona rankings compare to 2015.

All Measures

Measure Name2016 Rank2015 Rank
Air Pollution4337
All Determinants3032
All Outcomes2420
Binge Drinking1115
Cancer Deaths65
Cardiovascular Deaths710
Children in Poverty4746
Cholesterol Check2745
Chronic Drinking1324
Clinical Care2224
Colorectal Cancer Screening3636
Community & Environment4038
Dental Visit, Annual4141
Disparity in Health Status4338
Drug Deaths4141
Excessive Drinking1317
Frequent Mental Distress24NR
Frequent Physical Distress27NR
Heart Attack26NR
Heart Disease1817
High Blood Pressure2318
High Cholesterol3335
High Health Status3331
High School Graduation4444
Immunization HPV female2135
Immunization HPV male2835
Immunization Meningococcal1214
Immunization Tdap3036
Immunizations - Adolescents2026
Immunizations - Children2643
Income Disparity3030
Infant Mortality2318
Infectious Disease3137
Injury Deaths38NR
Insufficient Sleep2020
Lack of Health Insurance3741
Low Birthweight1212
Median Household Income3237
Occupational Fatalities88
Personal Income, Per Capita4241
Physical Inactivity1815
Poor Mental Health Days3022
Poor Physical Health Days2731
Premature Death2428
Preventable Hospitalizations97
Primary Care Physicians3742
Public Health Funding4849
Seat Belt Use26NR
Underemployment Rate4948
Unemployment Rate, Annual4242
Violent Crime3436
Water Fluoridation38NR

Senior digital editor Sky Schaudt joined KJZZ in 2015. Prior to working at KJZZ, Schaudt was a digital news editor at azcentral.com for nearly a decade.