Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Texas Seniors’ Health Ranks 39th in Nation

Texas is failing when it comes to senior’s health.

The state ranks 39th in the America’s Health Rankings 2013 Senior Report by the UnitedHealth Foundation. The report cites Texas’ poor physical mobility and high levels of obesity among the elderly as reasons for the state’s low score. Minnesota topped the list at No. 1.

Factors determining the health rankings include obesity, smoking, diabetes, and physical inactivity. More than 690,000 adults aged 65 and older in Texas are obese, and more than 820,000 are physically inactive. Additionally, Texas has one of the highest rates of elderly poor citizens (11.3 percent) and the third-lowest state ranking for community expenditures and support to help these struggling seniors.

Read the report for more information, to compare states, and to find out ways you can take action to help improve the health of seniors in your community.

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